Section Of Highway 84 In Covington County Becomes 'Deadly Stretch' For Motorists

What is it about a two mile stretch of Highway 84 in Covington County that makes it so dangerous. A roadside cross marks the spot where a sheriff's deputy died, a college professor was killed not far away and just last Friday a motorcycle collided with a car, killing the motorcyclist instantly.

"It was bad."

As a cashier at the B P gas station, Kathy Pettie has a front door view of 84, a view clouded with heartaches.

"If people could have seen what we saw, it was devastating," Pettie said.

"I see wrecks here all the time," said Regina Williams.

The locals say driver error, the on-going road construction and the fact there is no left-turning lane going into a company's parking lot are contributing factors to the fatalities.

With this being a state holiday, no one from law enforcement was available to give us their perspective. But Pettie says she knows what the problem is and has a solution for it.

"We're going to draw up a petition and get the state to install traffic lights," Pettie promised.

Even a Sanford Volunteer firefighter who responded to last Friday's fatalities agrees, something needs to be done. But getting a traffic light installed is not that easy. State transportation officials often do a lengthy study, a study to determine traffic count and traffic flow that must justify a signal and the expense.

Still, Kathy Pettie sees herself as a woman on a mission, a mission to put the brakes on fatal wrecks on Highway 84.

That traffic study typically takes anywhere from 45 days to 6 months and putting up just one traffic light isn't cheap. It cost thousands of dollars depending on the number of lanes involved and the labor. Construction crews are currently widening that part of 84 in Sanford to a 4 lane road.