June 24, 2013
Albemarle County Police are promoting safer driving with message boards on route 29 north and south, the busiest road in the county.
Every day there are 55,000 to 58,000 cars driving on Route 29. With that kind of volume there are a lot of crashes that occur not only at the major intersections but on the roads leading to route 29, too.
The message board are right after Ashwood Boulevard going south towards Charlottesville and right after Polo Grounds Road going north towards Hollymead Town Center.
"Following too close is something we see a lot there, speeding, distracted driving," said Carter Johnson spokeswoman for Albemarle County Police. "So we really just want to remind people that in this area you really do need to slow down and be more cautious."
Especially for people living in Forest Lakes off of 29 on Ashwood Boulevard, they say they see the speeding and reckless driving every day.
"Almost on a daily basis there's some kind of incident," said Ashley Owen, a Forest Lakes resident for 4 years.
There have been 36 crashes at Ashwood and route 29 alone in the past year. Residents in Forest Lakes say ever since the death of a high school student in 2008 at that intersection, they're more aware but not everyone else passing through each day.
"It's kind of an annoying issue for us living here who have to deal with that danger zone especially with most of us having kids," said Owen.
Leah Alley is just working in Charlottesville for the summer and she's glad the signs gave her a head's up.
"I would've never known I don't think that it's a high crash area but it's a good thing to know especially if you're gonna be driving with kids or even if you're not," Alley, a Virginia Beach resident said. "I know a lot of people try to go really fast down that area."
"Hopefully when you read that sign and see that message it will make you think twice and make you slow down and just lead to some safer driving," Johnson said.
The message boards have been up for 6 days and police plan on leaving them there to hopefully see less crashes in that corridor this summer.