Needed: Better speed enforcement on Chastain Rd.
February 07, 2014 12:00 AM | 560 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

The intersection of Chastain Road and Chastain Meadows is very dangerous, as evidenced by the fatal wreck that took place there last week. The speeds that vehicles travel going eastward towards Canton Road on Chastain Road after crossing I-575 are often excessive, as evidenced by the many crashes before the light at the Chastain Road/Chastain Meadows intersection. I would ask how the police know that the SUV that hit a Toyota Corolla, killing a passenger, was not speeding or running through a yellow light.

I live in Chastain Lakes Subdivision and frequently turn left onto Chastain Road out of my neighborhood in order to turn right onto Chastain Meadows. This turn is very dangerous, as the speed of vehicles driving from the direction of 575 heading toward the Chastain Meadows intersection make it difficult to determine when this can be safely accomplished.

Despite my repeated calls to Precinct One to patrol the area for speeders, it has never been done on a consistent basis. The police are found patrolling Big Shanty Road where the speed limit is 35 mph, unlike Chastain Road, in which the speed limit is 45. A lieutenant at Precinct One informed me that unless a vehicle is going 15 mph over the speed limit it would not be stopped. That allows vehicles to travel an unsafe 60 mph on Chastain Road and Chastain Meadows. He informed me that the Georgia State Patrol has more leeway with speed enforcement.

My call to the Georgia State Patrol was also met with no successful outcome. A supervisor for this area informed me that the GSP officers are assigned an area and can patrol wherever they choose. I have not seen them on this stretch of Chastain Road.

I was able to get Cobb DOT to put up a flashing 45 mph sign before my neighborhood heading towards I-575, but nothing for the other direction.

The taxpayers along these two roads are entitled to decent speed limit and general unsafe driving enforcement by Cobb County police as well as the Georgia State Patrol. We pay for it.

Karen Huck

east Cobb
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Chastain Road
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February 07, 2014
Ms. Huck should not be able to make a left turn out of her subdivision. There should be a closed median at that intersection with Chastain Lakes Subdivision. Chastain is a busy divided 4 lane major traffic artery. Not a residential street. It is terribly unsafe for people like Ms. Huck to make left turns on that curve. Chastain should have less median cuts without lights so traffic can flow smoother, faster and safer. Ms. Huck should stop complaining about speeding drivers, pointing fingers at law enforcement and focus on a real solution. She can start by turning right out of her subdivision, go to the light and U-turn to go Eastbound.
Cobb Driver
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February 07, 2014
Ms. Huck- if you think speed enforcement's main objective is safety, then you are extremely naïve and living in la-la land. Look at where the police park and run their radar guns in our area- Big Shanty Rd, North Booth Rd. sitting at the entrance to Chalker ES, Ben King Rd. at Big Shanty ES & Baker Rd. at Baker ES (sitting at these ES after hours), Hickory Grove Rd. (which is 35 mph and should be 40mph) and Wooten Lake Rd, just before you go down the hill (which makes it questionable if there is enough distance before the downhill grade starts). ALL of these roads are known cop hideouts for those of us who have lived around here for a long time.

Why is Frey Rd. in front of KSU 45 mph and Barrett Lakes after you cross over Chastain Rd. 35 mph? Barrett Lakes is a wide 4 lane Rd with less traffic than Frey Rd. in front of the college. But the Cobb police love to sit at the entrance to the Hertz Rental and run their radar guns. And changing the speed limit on different sections of the roads is common practice around here.

Speed enforcement by the Cobb & Kennesaw police is all about revenue and filling the spoken or unspoken quotas. So don't fool yourself.

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