Hwy 98 Deaths recently

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PensacolaKid
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Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:55 am

In the Navarre Press, there is an article addressing the need of the county to try and figure out why there have been a rash of pedestrian deaths along Hwy 98 in recent weeks. Below the brief are some, "opinions" of locals on this topic. One of them said, and I am paraphrasing here....."the county can not mandate or legislate, common sense." Although sad that people had to lose their lives so meaninglessly, it is perplexing to me that people get hit while trying to cross the street. Either in the same opinion or perhaps it was another, one poster said, and again, paraphrasing here...."were we not all taught to look both ways before we walked across the street.

I live in a city of 4 million and there have not been 3 people die while crossing the roads in 6 months time. So, the question remains...why so many on 98? It is not like it is a tree lined, curvy, blind road. It is wide open from east to west and west to east?
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Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:44 pm

Hi P'kid - You know that 98 is not just a street or a road, it is a very dangeous stretch of highway with no alternate route from Pensacola to Destin and beyond. Hence the nickname "Bloody 98". And it's simply not just crossing the road ... it's dodging traffic. At night if you're wearing dark clothes, you're nearly invisible to the drivers. Also, a person might look both ways, but maybe there is a car coming without headlights on .... and I know that happens frequently. There are only a couple of crosswalks with lights, but I've heard the lights don't stay green long enough to safely cross 98.

My opinion is to just NOT try to cross 98 on foot! A person could stumble, turn their ankle, fall down or whatever, in the middle of the roadway.

You know, like they say for a flooded road or highway "when in doubt, back out". Just say NO to tempting suicide.
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