After her daughter was involved in an accident right in front of their neighborhood, a Gwinnett County mother got fed up with drivers using a right turn lane to roar around traffic.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga – After her daughter was involved in an accident right in front of their neighborhood, a Gwinnett County mother got fed up with drivers using a right turn lane to roar around traffic.
"I've witnessed an accident, several near misses," said Tina Oliver. "I myself have been involved in near misses."
Tina's 17-year-old was trying to turn into her neighborhood when, according to police, she was hit by an car that used a right turn lane as a passing lane.
Webb Gin House Road widens briefly at Great Oaks Drive, creating a very short additional lane so drivers can turn right into Tina's neighborhood and the one across the street.
But too often, drivers are using that lane to go around traffic.
"People are impatient," said Tina.
The day after her daughter's accident, Tina reached out to 11Alive's Commuter Dude and at the same time, contacted Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash.
Commuter Dude quickly contacted the Gwinnett Department of Transportation, who was already working on a solution. Turns out they'd dealt with similar problems in other areas of the county, and knew exactly what to do.
Just days after the accident, a DOT crew added stripes, reflectors, and plastic poles to force drivers in the right turn lanes to turn right.
"I think it's phenomenal," said Tina. "It will maybe save someone's life one day."