Residents Concerned About Safety of Route 20
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on August 05, 2014 @ 10:35PM
Created on August 05, 2014 @ 5:50PM
Over the weekend 5 News was contacted by residents who had concerns about Route 20 in Upshur County, specifically in Hodgesville after an accident Saturday that sent six people to the hospital.
It's a two lane road that has a lot of turns and the speed limit changes from 55 to 45 miles per hour. 5 News talked to some people at a local store off Route 20 and they said they don't see a problem with it, but residents who live right on the road said otherwise.
"They speed a lot. My house is right next to the road. I have three kids and they're in danger of getting hit if someone would speed and wreck. My kids are in a lot of danger," said Madaline Bowman, Upshur County resident.
5 News talked to the Upshur County Sheriff and he said they're a small department, but they get out and patrol whenever they can. Sometimes they'll even put the speed trackers on the road to catch people's eye in hopes that they slow down.
He said there's no direct concern for that area, but he's concerned about all areas in the community and the safety of all the residents. He said it all comes down to what you're doing behind the wheel.
"I think they need to slow down, quit talking on their cell phones, pay more attention to what's out there, and use more caution," said Sheriff David Coffman, Upshur County Sheriff's Department.
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