Fishersville Woman Speaks out on Traffic Safety after Injury
A Fishersville woman says enough is enough. Tina Shifflett lives off off Route 250 on a road she calls dangerous, and was even seriously injured on it last month – now, her pleas to supervisors are taking on a new urgency.
"Basically, I cannot see how they can look their children or their grandchildren in the face and say, well a woman got hurt, but I didn't care. I could have prevented it, but she didn't matter,” said Shifflett.
Two years ago, Shifflett went to the Augusta County Board of Supervisors asking them to consider making some changes to the traffic pattern in her neighborhood.
In March, she was returning from a trip to Staunton and says she was run off the road trying to get back safely into her driveway. She lost control of her car, slid on sleet and ice, and crashed into her son's vehicle.
"You're sitting there waiting for traffic from Fishersville to clear, but you're sitting there with traffic coming behind you from Staunton and I've always been scared it was a matter of time before I got hit there,” said Shifflett.
According to a letter, the county sent representatives from Virginia Department of Transportation to assess the area.
While supervisors have other projects to enhance safety and add lanes in other parts of Fishersville to alleviate traffic, those projects don't deal with Shifflett’s problem.
For now, Shifflett will focus on her road to recovery, but she has not ruled out pursuing other avenues to see change.
"Right now, I need to concentrate on healing and once I'm done with all this, yes I intend to go after this,” said Shifflett.
Augusta County supervisors were not available Monday, but her district representative Jeff Moore told us safety is a top priority. While Moore was not familiar with this particular case, he also brought up the projects off Exit 91 and at Life Core Drive that are aimed at improving traffic patterns.
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