More than one collision a day reported on 3.5 mile stretch of Gray Highway

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A stretch of Gray Highway in Macon averages more than one roadway collision a day. From the Spring Street bridge to the county line, 219 roadway collisions occurred this year from January 1 to July 31.

That’s according to information uploaded to the Georgia Electronic Accident Reporting System (GEARS) by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and the Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS).

“A lot of rear end collisions, trucks, tractor trailers, cars not being able to stop right here and pretty much rear ending cars right through here,” Ronny Turner said. He works for a body shop off Clinton Road.

Although no fatalities were reported, the collisions resulted in 90 injuries.

Within the 3.5 mile stretch in the report are two of Macon’s most dangerous intersections. According to MATS, the most dangerous intersection in 2015 was the intersection of Gray Highway and Shurling Drive. The fourth most dangerous intersection was Gray Highway and Clinton Road, where Turner works.

“Doesn’t surprise me not one bit, we see it everyday,” Turner said.

He blames the majority of car accidents on speeding. But that’s something the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says is hard to enforce on Gray Highway.

“Sometimes it’s hard to enforce the laws but we can enforce following too close, failure to yield, not paying attention, those kind of things that we can see and get to,” Capt. Brad Wolfe said.

Wolfe says the problem is the difficulty pulling in or out of restaurants on the roadway.

“If you go to a business on one street and you want to turn left to leave you might as well just prepared because you’re gonna be sitting there a while.”

He warns drivers to be patient.

“Give them room to do what they’re going to do, give yourself room to react, just take your time,” Wolfe said.

A full list of Macon’s most dangerous intersections in 2015 can be found at http://www.mats2040.org/worst-intersections-in-macon-bibb/.

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