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Updated: 09/01/2017 03:25:35PM

Flashing signs should reduce crashes

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PUNTA GORDA — For the majority of drivers, a red street sign shaped like an octagon with the word “STOP” on it is a clear warning to halt. That’s why city officials are at a loss as to why so many motorists crossing the intersections of Shreve Street at Marion and Olympia avenues in the Historic District — two locations with stop signs in clear view — fail to stop for oncoming traffic.

The results have been disastrous. A recent analysis by staff showed the total number of crashes at both intersections jumped 75 percent in the last two years. In 2011, the number of accidents totaled eight; in 2013, there were 14.

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