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9 Months after Fatal, Double Yellow Lines – 6.14.2006

By Al Campbell

GOSHEN – Double yellow lines were painted by the state D.O.T. on Route 47 from Bidwell’s Creek to Mile 16.3 last week.
That action came nine months after a North Cape May brother and sister died in a head-on collision just north of one of the highway’s curves entering this community.
Highway lines leading to that curve had permitted passing almost into the turn, which was chronicled by a photograph in the Sept. 14, 2005 edition of the Herald.
Neighbors on Sept. 8, 2004, four days after the tragedy, told the Herald that accidents were increasing on that stretch of highway.
Homeowner Robert Seddon, in whose front yard the fatal crash settled, at the time blamed “the highway itself…there are passing lanes where there shouldn’t be.”
Herald Publisher Art Hall wrote a column about the unsafe conditions on Route 47 shortly after the fatal accident.
By painting double yellow lines over broken passing-permitted lines on the centerline of the roadway, the Department of Transportation is sure to irk many drivers who used several stretches through this community to pass slower moving vehicles.
Those who violate the law and pass over double-yellow lines face the possibility of a motor vehicle summons under NJSA Sec 39:4-86, improper passing. The violation, if the driver is found guilty, means four points against the operator’s license, and a fine of from $50 to $200.
Contact Campbell at (609) 886-8600 Ext 28 or: al.c@cmcherald.com

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