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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Wreck Kills Milton Woman.

By DOUG NURSE www.ajc.com

A 53-year-old Milton woman was killed in a two-car accident Tuesday.

Carol Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene on Hopewell Road south of Bethany Bend Road. The driver of the second vehicle, Evan Reiss, 19, was treated at North Fulton Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred about 10:50 p.m. when a northbound 1998 Volvo driven by Roberts crossed into the southbound lane and collided with an oncoming 2003 Acura driven by Reiss.

15 comments:

Miltonville said...

OMG, this is terrible news! My condolences to her family. I hope the boy gets better.

This happens almost every day on our narrow roads and only for l-u-c-k, do we all get out of the way and back on on the right side of the road.

Say a little prayer this Sunday morning for their families. Very, very sad for our community.

Christopher said...

We need to take action to prevent this from happening any more. We have too many accidents on our roads. We need to have our speed limits reduced by 5 or 10 mph on our "main roads"; Such as Bethany, Freemanville, Birmingham Rd, Hopewell etc.

While I know that this will not prevent anyone from speeding, I believe that it will help save lives.

As a community it is time that we come together and ask our city council, mayor and city manager to make a change.

Anonymous said...

Halleluyah Christopher. Yes, we need to fix this immediately and certainly before our tree preservation act. (or whatever is next on the agenda.) Too many people have died on our roads and it amazes me that nothing has improved. Isn't it just absurd that we cannot do anything about it? What about the death trap at Providence and Birmingham Hwy? So what if it is a state road? I get tired of hearing that. It's time that someone at City Hall take this under their wing and saves lives along with the trees, and the no sewer policy. It really is time. Who will help us?

-Patti

Anonymous said...

Please tell me no one was talking on a cell phone

Anonymous said...

To eliminate death traps, maybe we need to initiate speed traps.

Tim Enloe said...

All of the roads in our open road neighborhoods (Providence / Bethany / Hopewell, etc) should have a posted speed limit of 35mph with an officer discretion at 10mph and above.

While I realize our officers work very hard to keep all of us safe, I would love to see them running radar on these an other similar Milton roads at least once a month at their discretion.

This approach would not only keep our families and friends safer, it will also improve our property values.

- Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com

Anonymous said...

How many more will lose their lives due to excessive speed in the city of Milton. I am so saddened by this tragedy. Surely our City Hall representatives will finally take a closer look at what is happening.

Christopher said...

I believe that the ball needs to start with us. We need to let our city know how strongly we as a community feel about this issue.

I am going to start a petition, with specifics, asking the city of Milton to change the speed limits on certain roads.

Once we have a strong consensus, we can then go to the city pushing for change.

I am guessing that this will be a long struggle and will not happen overnight; but we need to start now before someone else get hurt or even worse.

I hope that we can get strong support on this issue over the next few days. I will forward the petition link once I have it up and going.

Tim Enloe said...

Chris:

I hear where you are coming from. I have actually worked with both the Fulton County and the City of Milton Officers. In both instances, the caliber of officers was impressive and responsive. The problem doesn't lie with their helping our city. The problem lies with the GA DOT as well as where our taxes currently go. For example, did you know that we only have 19 officers for the City of Milton? This problem boils down
to money and what an incorporated area can afford. There are other branches of gov't that are given way too much money while are firemen and police officers have to work second jobs in some instances just to get by.

I highly encourage you to meet some of the city's officers; they are a great group and truly care about our citizens. Public Safety Director Chris Lagerbloom is also easy to reach and willing to go that extra mile.

Give me a call when time allows. Maybe we can work out side of the box in rectifying our speeding abuses.

All the best -

Tim Enloe
770 653 0552

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
I spoke up at the podium tonight and publicly asked the City to help us figure something out. I think we have to come up with solutions and alternatives for the City and ask that money allocated from roundabouts and other road improvements be put towards that solution. There isn't one who wouldn't agree that our roads need improvement. We need to just get the ball rolling.

Need research manpower. Someone will have to study GA law and see how we can change speed limits. It is not easy. We have to have a HUGE case for it. I remember asking about it at a transportation forum and was told that Georgia law is the most favorable towards the speeder. And we are different than all other states regarding ticketing 11 miles over the posted speed limit.

Chris Lagerbloom is a tremendous help. He can point us in the right direction. I think our new City Manager was really listening closely too. You should go and meet him one day and see what he says about it or send him an email.

We cannot afford to lose one more life on our roads, can we?

Surely someone will listen to all of us.

-Patti

Anonymous said...

I disagree that our roads need improvement.

It's our drivers that need improvement.

Simple as that.

Anonymous said...

I disagree that our roads need improvement.

It's our drivers that need improvement.

Simple as that.

Anonymous said...

You are exactly right, DRIVERS need IMPROVEMENT !!

Anonymous said...

How can we keep that "rural" feel in Milton if we improve the roads? Someone needs to define what "improve" means. Does it mean widening, turn lanes, traffic lights, street lights, etc.? Milton will not remain rural if we lose our two lane roads. I agree some intersections must be improved with lights due to many deaths and accidents that have already occurred. However, if our streets are changed then so will the City. Unfortunately there is the dilema. How do we keep people from crossing over the yellow line on our two lane roads? It's impossible to prevent. Slowing the speed limit down on some roads would help, if the speed limits were abided by. People don't even drive 45 mph, let alone will they respect the 35 mph speed limit. What do we do?

Anonymous said...

Has the number of accidents increased suddenly? Maybe is correlates with the population growth. Hmmmmm?

I truly feel for the woman's family, but "almost everyday on our roads"...is a bit too loose of a comment. If the roads aren't safe enough for you, maybe you should move in-town and take the bus. The roads have not become more narrow have they? If you can't keep your Suburban between the lines, quit driving it.

At what point do we quit asking the guv'ment to take care of us? Crummy things happen in life. So be careful, make good choices and responsible for yourself and you will reduce the odds of bad things happening. Do parents teach that anymore or is the new thinking to just need let someone else look out for you? Heck maybe YOUR parents didn't even teach that. I guess we could just ask the City Council to do be our guardian. 35MPH? Why stop there, we should just get them to pass an ordinance to slow the speed limit to idle speed only.

If people want to speed and get into wrecks, maybe it is Natural Selection...