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Dangerous crosswalk leaves neighbors frightened

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Neighbors in the Old Fourth Ward section of Atlanta are hoping officials make the intersection of North Avenue and Somerset Terrace safer.

“I normally carry a stop sign with me, a hand-held stop sign that I got off of Amazon,” said Leslie stone, a pregnant mother of two.

Stone said every time she crosses North Avenue to take her two boys to school, she prays they makes it across alive.

“My heart rate goes up every time I do it and I’m telling my children to run across the street as fast as they can because it’s our lives,” said Stone.

Other neighbors told CBS46 that drivers speed through the Old Fourth Ward intersection with no concern for whoever is trying to make it across.

“One car stopped and another car blew by us while we were in the actual intersection,” said one resident.

Pedestrian safety advocate Sally Flocks said with an intersection that wide, visibility is an issue.

“Drivers are not [going to] stop on a road like that without a signal,” said Flocks, founder and CEO of PEDS.

She said the installation of a beacon or an island would help keep the journey to the other side a bit safer.

CBS46 found a 2010 neighborhood plan that recommended the intersection get a traffic light. We reached out to the city’s department of transportation about any future plans.

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