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#1 Sep 27, 2012
The Wheelchair traffic on the 97 Connector is getting more and more dangerous. There is this one particular older gentleman that takes up the whole road and on many, yes many occasions I have had to stop to allow oncoming traffic to pass in order for me to pass him. I realize and completely understand that the 'pedestrian' always, ALWAYS has the Right of Way,however,does that same Traffic Rule apply to a WheelChair driver? Shouldn't they need reflectors so they can be more easily seen? The older man is relentless in his 'ownership' of this particular road. It is going to be so, so sad when he or someone else gets injured in an accident , one that could have been possibly avoided. Any thoughts? Suggestions?
#2 Sep 27, 2012
The consensus here seems to be to run him down. Whoever is responsible shouldn't be letting him run loose like that.
#3 Sep 27, 2012
Pedestrians don't always have the right of way. In a crosswalk they do. Just randomly walking across, you have to make an "effort" to stop or avoid the person. For individuals in wheelchairs, I'm not sure what rules they fall under.
#4 Sep 27, 2012
O.C.G.A. 40-6-360 (2010)
40-6-360. Rights of persons operating low-speed vehicles
Every person operating a low-speed vehicle shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter except as to special regulations in this part and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.
O.C.G.A. 40-6-361 (2010)
40-6-361. Traffic laws applicable to low-speed vehicles
(a) All low-speed vehicles are entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any low-speed vehicle of the full use of a lane.
(b) The operator of a low-speed vehicle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
(c) No person shall operate a low-speed vehicle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
(d) Low-speed vehicles shall not be operated two or more abreast in a single lane.
O.C.G.A. 40-6-362 (2010)
40-6-362. Operating low-speed vehicles on highways
Low-speed vehicles shall be operated only on any highway where the posted speed limit does not exceed 35 miles per hour. The operator of a low-speed vehicle shall not operate such vehicle on any highway where the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour.
#5 Sep 27, 2012
Sorry. Those generally applied. The personal assistive mobility device is covered specifically here:
#6 Sep 28, 2012
The man was coming around that very sharp curve in the road, traveling twards me as I was coming around the corner, I didn't see him until I was right on him and had almost hit him. Its very dangerous. and from hear say the wreck Emily Newsome got into on that road was because she was turning into the sports park and the man in the wheelchair was in the road so she was forced to slam on brakes, then Brian Harrell hit her in the rear. but everyone says its Brian that caused the wreck.
#7 Sep 29, 2012
thank you for the info :o) the posted speed limit is 55 mph, so no wheelchairs should be on this highway .. no wonder it's hazardous :/
#8 Sep 29, 2012
I can assure you if you hit him, you will have hell to pay regardless of the speed limit.
#9 Sep 30, 2012
Doubt it. Seems pretty straight forward to me. A fifa against his estate will get the car fixed too.
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