Southern City Bans What?

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( – Atlanta City Council members have introduced a new plan that would make it illegal for people to turn right at red spotlights.

The ordinance would only affect a small number of neighborhoods in the city, including Castleberry Hill, Downtown, and Midtown. The proposal is currently supported by 11 of the 16 members of the city council who have claimed that the three neighborhoods include a number of businesses and cultural attractions that lead to heavy pedestrian traffic in the area.

As the officials have pointed out this change would make it safer for pedestrians to walk through these communities. They further noted that the ordinance would have a positive effect on local businesses, and social interactions and would better the overall quality of life in the area.

Jason Dozier, the councilman who has co-sponsored the legislation, noted that the new ordinance was the result of the increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities because of car collisions. In an email statement, he further pointed out that there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of pedestrian deaths since 2020. Last year there were 38 pedestrian deaths in the city’s streets.

As he argued, the increase in fatalities is caused by cars being allowed to turn at red lights, which often causes them to creep onto crosswalks. He further pointed out that during the maneuver the drivers are more focused on other cars rather than cyclists or pedestrians which often causes them to have such accidents. He added that pedestrians are given minimal space with crosswalks in the streets.

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