New warnings at one of Palm Beach County's most dangerous intersections

Signs at Okeechobee Blvd. & Military Trail

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - There is a new effort to slow the rate of vehicle-pedestrian collisions at one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in all of Palm Beach County.

The latest safety push comes in the form of two large electronic signs near the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail.

Approximately 100,000 vehicles pass through that one intersection every 24 hours, according to county statistics. Too many of those vehicles collide with other drivers - or worse - pedestrians.

"It's not set up for people who are not in a car," said Pat Doty, of West Palm Beach. "That's one of the bigger problems here, he said.

Doty said he feels like he takes his life in his hands the moment he steps off the curb. "You have to basically walk out in front of cars when they're moving in order to get across the street."

New electronic signs have recently been placed near the intersection by the county, urging people to use the crosswalks. Many pedestrians either did not see the message or they were just ignoring it on Monday.

Just a few months ago, a man was killed while trying to cross the stretch of roadway. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has said that the number of incidents along Okeechobee Boulevard have increased.

Authorities say both pedestrians and drivers need to be more responsible.

The dangers can come along quickly, said Yvonne Powell who crosses the intersection on foot often.

"In the blink of an eye," she said of the close calls she has seen in the area - including a few of her own. "Some of them don't care. It's like they expect you to run when they're coming."

On Friday, PBSO deputies conducted a Traffic Enforcement Initiative in and around the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail. 68 people - both drivers and pedestrians - received citations during the three-hour operation.


 


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