Bobby Gagne: Unsafe on 34th Street


A recent accident scene on NW 34th Street and University Avenue.

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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.

In response to the Jan. 8th Sun story "4 people injured in Gainesville crash": There is a definite lack of concern, in my opinion, for the safety of civilians in the City of Gainesville. I drive through the intersection of 34th Street and 2nd Avenue a minimum of twice a day in order to get to work. Although a person nearly died at this intersection, nothing has been done to improve it. I understand it has only been several days since the accident, however, recently there was another 3-to- car-accident at 34th Street and 2nd Avenue.

One of the cruisers that were helping in the accident started to leave the accident site, and pulled into the far left lane. I was happy to see him there because of how many times a week I see people, including myself, nearly get into an accident from people jumping into the north-bond lane at the last second. I was thoroughly excited to see this officer in this lane because I knew he would issue a citation for this dangerous driving. However, to my shock 3 vehicles cut off people to get in the single north-bound lane and the officer did nothing.

I remember when in college, officers would be in the 34th street plaza where Sweetbay supermarket is located and corral people who went straight during the right-turn only period in the day and issue citations. Their should be a officer issuing citations. Trust me, it will pay his entire salary, in just one month.

I ask the City of Gainesville officials to fix this intersection before someone gets killed.

Bobby Gagne,

Gainesville

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