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.