Brunswick Woman Killed in Causeway Crash

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A Brunswick woman died in a head-on collision on the F.J. Torras Causeway Monday night.
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Mar 26, 2008
 
THERE SHOULD BE CONCRETE BARRIERS UP AFTER THE FIRST PERSON WAS KILLED!! HOW MANY HAVE TO DIED BEFORE THEY DECIDE TO DO SOMETHING? TAX PAYERS MONEY ISNT USED TO HELP OUR ROADS! ITS TO MAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S RICH!!! IT DOESN'T GO TO EDUCATION EITHER! IT SITS IN THE BANK MAKE THEM RICH AND THEN THEY GET TO DECIDE ON WHAT TO SPEND IT ON!!!!!!!
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Mar 26, 2008
 
The causeway needs resolution. This is the 6th death in 3 month from head on collisions. the city needs to get involved to provide safety
Jon

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Mar 26, 2008
 
Concerned wrote:
The causeway needs resolution. This is the 6th death in 3 month from head on collisions. the city needs to get involved to provide safety
The county commision said if there is a concrete barrier up, it would block the view of the marsh. I guess dead people is ok to see.
Katie

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#4
Mar 26, 2008
 
The family that died are dear friends of my family. We are all very upset about this horrible tragedy. I've been reading information about this dangerous stretch of road since the accident. It's so sad it took so many people dying to make them finally make a change.
Donna Huffman Texas

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#5
Mar 26, 2008
 
What a terrible loss we have all suffered with the passing of Linda Shanks. And what a shame it took yet another loss of life on this stretch of road to get a concrete barrier placed.
Kewanna

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Mar 26, 2008
 
I lived in Brunswick for 12 years (my family still lives there) and I used to cross the causeway every day for 6 years when I worked on St. Simons Island. I am not so sure the concrete barriers are the answer... and once we start having deaths from people crashing into the concrete barriers, then maybe they will do the one thing that will stop the deaths on the causeway... stop the speeding!

You want to stop the deaths? Then assign cops to do nothing but patrol up and down the causeway running radar and giving out tickets. There is no police presence on the causeway and people are going up to 20 mph over the speed limit. DRIVERS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION! I cannot tell you how many times I saw people trying to read a map while driving... reading the newspaper while driving... putting on makeup... typing on a laptop... all while other drivers are speeding by at a high rate of speed. Not to mention the sightseers who just start slowing down because the scenery is so beautiful. Yes, it is beautiful, but this causes accidents.

I don't believe the causeway or its design is the reason for these accidents/deaths... it is the fact that people are NOT paying attention while speeding. Put cops on the causeway and not for just one day... make it permanent... get the word out that you have to slow down to cross the causeway. Don't blame the road... blame the drivers!
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Mar 26, 2008
 
Summer is to late! Needs to happen now.
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Mar 26, 2008
 
I was wondering how many lives it would take befor something was going to be done about this very dangerious situation.
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Mar 26, 2008
 
Kewanna wrote:
I lived in Brunswick for 12 years (my family still lives there) and I used to cross the causeway every day for 6 years when I worked on St. Simons Island. I am not so sure the concrete barriers are the answer... and once we start having deaths from people crashing into the concrete barriers, then maybe they will do the one thing that will stop the deaths on the causeway... stop the speeding!
You want to stop the deaths? Then assign cops to do nothing but patrol up and down the causeway running radar and giving out tickets. There is no police presence on the causeway and people are going up to 20 mph over the speed limit. DRIVERS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION! I cannot tell you how many times I saw people trying to read a map while driving... reading the newspaper while driving... putting on makeup... typing on a laptop... all while other drivers are speeding by at a high rate of speed. Not to mention the sightseers who just start slowing down because the scenery is so beautiful. Yes, it is beautiful, but this causes accidents.
I don't believe the causeway or its design is the reason for these accidents/deaths... it is the fact that people are NOT paying attention while speeding. Put cops on the causeway and not for just one day... make it permanent... get the word out that you have to slow down to cross the causeway. Don't blame the road... blame the drivers!
Barriers will stop the head-on collisions, they won't stop all traffic fatalities but barriers should have been there many years ago.
Can you imagine JTB without barriers? JTB and the the St Simons Island Causeway (FJ Torras) are VERY similar.
Kewanna

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Mar 26, 2008
 
William wrote:
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Barriers will stop the head-on collisions, they won't stop all traffic fatalities but barriers should have been there many years ago.
Can you imagine JTB without barriers? JTB and the the St Simons Island Causeway (FJ Torras) are VERY similar.
Yes, William, they are similar... but they are different in one major way... there is NO police presence on the FJ Torras Causeway, while I see cops every time I get on JTB. The majority of the accidents on the causeway is due to driver error or drunk drivers at high rates of speed. It is terrible to lose even one life... no doubt about that ... but if people were MADE to slow down, they would be paying more attention and thus, cut down on the accidents that result in death. Yes, the ugly concret barriers will prevent the crossover head-on collisions... but what happens the next time there is a crash that totally blocks the eastbound lanes and the only way to get to them is from the westbound lanes... but they can no longer get over to eastbound lanes because of those barriers? I just think that if there were more police driving up and down the causeway stopping speeders and making drivers more aware and attentive that we would see a stop or at least a drastic reduction in the number of these senseless deaths. People need to remember that a vehicle is a huge weapon and we have to learn to take our responsibility of driving those "weapons" seriously. Please slow down!

P.S.: And don't bother waiting on the Glynn County Commission to come up with a plan. After all, they don't do what the people want anyway... just take the jail situation for example. Every one of them need to be replaced. If they won't listen to citizens now on the jail issue (among others), then maybe they will listen loud and clear when they are out of a job!
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Mar 26, 2008
 
I saw the accident happen right before my eyes - it was a speeding east bound pickup truck that caused the silver Nissan to react and swerve into oncoming westbound traffic and hit the blue Acura SUV. It was a sight I will never forget! It's a shame both parties were effected by someone's rush to get somewhere. At the angle and speed she hit, a barrier would have still sent her into the other oncoming lane. My heart goes out to the families - I wish I could have done more to help at the accident. Seatbelts save lives! The 3-year old was secured in a car seat, but Ms. Shanks was not buckled in the rear seat.

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Mar 26, 2008
 
Kewanna: You are making some really excellent points!! I agree more police enforcement is needed, however, and you are quite correct the real issue is speeding, drunk driving, not wearing seatbelts, driving quite distracted i.e cell phones, PDA's, text messaging, all other the other things people do while driving. It is so true a vehicle is a huge weapon and a huge responsibility that so many people take for granted and treat it like its a toy or game.
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Mar 27, 2008
 
Laura was a friend and coworker of mine. We're all very sad. Hopefully the centerline barrier on the Causeway will be installed in time to prevent any more lives from being lost.
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Mar 27, 2008
 
Kewanna wrote:
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Yes, William, they are similar... but they are different in one major way... there is NO police presence on the FJ Torras Causeway, while I see cops every time I get on JTB. The majority of the accidents on the causeway is due to driver error or drunk drivers at high rates of speed. It is terrible to lose even one life... no doubt about that ... but if people were MADE to slow down, they would be paying more attention and thus, cut down on the accidents that result in death. Yes, the ugly concret barriers will prevent the crossover head-on collisions... but what happens the next time there is a crash that totally blocks the eastbound lanes and the only way to get to them is from the westbound lanes... but they can no longer get over to eastbound lanes because of those barriers? I just think that if there were more police driving up and down the causeway stopping speeders and making drivers more aware and attentive that we would see a stop or at least a drastic reduction in the number of these senseless deaths. People need to remember that a vehicle is a huge weapon and we have to learn to take our responsibility of driving those "weapons" seriously. Please slow down!
P.S.: And don't bother waiting on the Glynn County Commission to come up with a plan. After all, they don't do what the people want anyway... just take the jail situation for example. Every one of them need to be replaced. If they won't listen to citizens now on the jail issue (among others), then maybe they will listen loud and clear when they are out of a job!
You have a good point about the turnaround problem.
They may have to place breaks every so often but that creates another problem too.
Years ago there was talk about two separate highways going back and forth to SSI but that's years down the road.
With the enormous growth and money on those islands, you would think someone could make it happen sooner rather than later.
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Mar 27, 2008
 
Last night I saw two different police cars pull people over on the causeway. I travel over the causeway a good bit and almost always! see police. To say they are not there is wrong. Most crashes are driver error. I still strongly believe that we need a second causeway to help reduce the volume of cars on the causeway. It will take 10 years to get it if we start now. Look at how much the traffic has increased in the last ten years. Now imagine what it will be like in the next ten. I think it is shortsighted to not plan now! It will alleviate the traffic on Demere, Frederica and the causeway.
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Mar 27, 2008
 
Allenhurst??? I am from Glynn County. SSI specifically.
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Mar 27, 2008
 
What happened to personal accountability? Stop blaming the DOT and put the blame where it belongs. After living here for 15 years, I see people driving like maniacs on the causeway just to get where they are going two minutes sooner. If the police will start giving more tickets to locals for driving in an unsafe manner we wouldn't need a concrete barrier. If the people that drive the causeway would OBEY THE LAWS - both speed and drinking - we wouldn't need a barrier and we wouldn't have to look at "dead bodies or barriers" instead of the marsh. Grow up people - blame yourself not our government for your lousy actions.
Truthteller

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Mar 27, 2008
 
Where is allenhurst?
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Mar 27, 2008
 
Thanks TT for telling me about this site. Dunno about Allenhurst,, somewhere near you in Savannah? lol

I agree Blog, it is crazy what you will see on the causeway. Think there is any connection with the removal of the toll booth and increase in deaths/erratic drivers??
Kewanna

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Mar 27, 2008
 
Native wrote:
Last night I saw two different police cars pull people over on the causeway. I travel over the causeway a good bit and almost always! see police. To say they are not there is wrong. Most crashes are driver error. I still strongly believe that we need a second causeway to help reduce the volume of cars on the causeway. It will take 10 years to get it if we start now. Look at how much the traffic has increased in the last ten years. Now imagine what it will be like in the next ten. I think it is shortsighted to not plan now! It will alleviate the traffic on Demere, Frederica and the causeway.
Of course they have police out there right now... they are under the magnifying glass. But in the 12 years I have lived in Brunswick, there has been very very very sparatic police presence on the causeway. I think they should use the old toll booth "shack" as a police substation. Make this police presence a PERMANENT thing!

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