That’s a large percentage to have occurred on just one stretch of road.
After a recent crash which took the lives of two people on Mercury near Robbins Road, several area residents expressed their concerns that state and county road officials need to pay more attention to Mercury.
Their concerns have merit.
In the past few decades, subdivisions have sprouted up along Mercury Drive like dandelions in a spring field.
More people than ever drive along that stretch of road. And the more vehicles that clog a section of road that isn’t designed to handle that volume of traffic, the greater the chances that harm will befall them. That’s a simple statistics calculation.
Perhaps now, more than ever, is a good time to ask the state or our own County Road Commission for a comprehensive road and traffic study on Mercury Drive.
If — and that’s a big if — such a study determines that changes need to be made, then we need to pony up the money and make the changes.
There will surely be a good many people who would detest an additional traffic light, stop sign or other traffic control method on what is becoming a major artery of Grand Haven Township. Drive for the conditions, they’ll say. Don’t drink and drive, they’ll say. Slow down, for heaven’s sake.
Those are great directions to live by, but clearly they don’t work all that well if nearly half of the fatal crashes in our area occurred on just that one stretch of asphalt.
Improved safety for all — including the naysayers — would surely be worth the investment.
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