I75 Crashes Prompt Call For More Signs
In less than two weeks, twelve people have died on a section of the interstate along Paynes Prairie in Alachua County.
On Tuesday morning, Devin Turnquist, 19, of Clearwater was killed in the same spot as the deadly pile up on January 29.
Whether poor visibility was a factor in the accident is being investigated.
Permanent electronic signs may be coming to what State Representative Keith Perry calls a "problem spot."
"We have to get better technology, and I have to believe that the technology is out there or readily, or going to be available that we can have a better prediction of when these circumstances arise and then update these message boards as necessary," he said.
Perry says there's no time to waste, and is proposing the state fund two electronic signs that would be seen by drivers going both directions before hitting the fog-prone section of the interstate.
"The problem is there's people from out of state and out of town that in short order won't be aware of this problem," he said.
Locals who have been driving through the problem spot for years say it's about time for some warning signs.
"I think that it's a shame that we didn't have a sign up there before, and it should've been up there a long time ago," said Jennifer Dunback, a Gainesville resident.
Perry says the signs would cost $1 million.
"I don't know where it's gonna come from directly, I just know we're gonna work until we get it," he said.
Perry says he is filing his amendment to a transportation bill on Tuesday, which would guarantee funding for the two signs.
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