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Updated: 03/04/2018 08:30:02AM

County residents protest traffic woes

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Protesters Thursday afternoon call for a lower speed limit, greater traffic enforcement and less in-car distraction along northbound U.S. 27 at Bayview Street in Sebring, site of a fatal wreck a month ago. On Feb. 3, a tan van turning into Bayview, like the silver SUV in the photo, was hit by a northbound Jeep Cherokee and flipped, killing the front seat passenger.


A protester along the southbound shoulder of U.S. 27 by New Life Way in Sebring asks Thursday's afternoon rush-hour traffic to slow down.


Protesters wave signs Thursday afternoon to northbound traffic stopped at Bayview Street in Sebring, site of a fatal wreck a month ago, and many before that. In addition to asking drivers to alter their behavior by slowing down and not tailgating other drivers, protesters hope to meet with state and local transportation planners to see about lowering the 55 mph limit through the commercial section of roadway.


Protesters hold up signs Thursday on U.S. 27 at Bayview call for drivers on northbound U.S. 27 at Bayview St.,calling for drivers to slow down and to support lowering the speed limit, which is 55 mph at that spot — 10 mph faster than similar commercial areas in Avon Park and Lake Placid.


A zoning map of the city of Sebring along U.S. 27, west of Lake Jackson, shows the city limits crossing back and forth over the highway, leaving traffic enforcement on the stretch split between the Sebring Police Department and Highlands County Sheriff's Office.


A protester calls for southbound U.S. 27 traffic to stop tailgating and to support more police presence on the roadway where she stands, just south of New Life Way and opposite Bayview Street in Sebring. The stretch of road has a 55 mph speed limit when similar commercial areas in Avon Park and Lake Placid have 45 mph limits.


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SEBRING — Thursday afternoon’s U.S. 27 rush hour in west Sebring saw protesters calling for a safer roadway.

Demonstrators holding signs from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, just south of the New Life Way/Bayview Street intersection, asked drivers to slow down, back off cars in front of them and put away distractions, namely texting. Signs also asked motorists to support greater police presence and reduction of the speed limit there from 55 mph to 45 mph.

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