Woman starts petition to decrease Old Mayfield Road speed limit

A local woman is starting a petition to bring the speed limit down on a road many of you travel.

"Too many people, too many kids, too many families are in this area, and we don’t want to see anyone else get hurt," said Kristal Ingram.

This would affect about a mile of Old Mayfield Road between Elmdale and Berger roads. That stretch is currently set at 45 mph, surrounded by two 35 mph zones. Ingram says the problem spot is the Walnut Drive intersection. 

Ingram says she will never forget the moment last week when a car carrying a mother and three children flipped into her yard, landing feet from away her house.

"The noise of the kids screaming, it gives me goose bumps" Ingram said.

Ingram and her husband say they already don’t let their kids play in their yard, and they even gave their pets away. Now Ingram is starting a petition to decrease the speed limit to 35 mph.

"It was scary enough that we have to start doing something about this section," she said.

She says the Walnut Drive intersection causes many wrecks.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department and Hendron Fire Department each say Walnut Drive is at angle, so you have to look over your shoulder to see oncoming traffic before going across or turning onto Old Mayfield Road. Ingram says, because of the angle, many drivers don’t see the intersection.

McCracken County Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow says a petition may not be a bad idea. 

"There’s not an extraordinary amount of accidents in the area, but when we do have one we usually shut the road down," Turnbow said.

Hendron Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Cooper has responded to a number injury crashes in that spot, but he says he doesn’t know if a petition will help.

"Any time you have an increase in traffic, you’re just going to naturally have more incidents," Cooper said.

To Ingram and her family, it’s worth a try.

"We want it to be a safe area for everyone," Ingram said.

Ingram is already starting to talk to neighbors about the petition. She has some more work to do on it before she starts collecting signatures and takes it to the county. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the petition will have to go before the McCracken County Fiscal Court. If members think it’s serious enough, they’ll send it to the transportation cabinet, which will ultimately decide what to do.

The wreck Ingram talked about happened on May 25. The Hendron fire chief says the woman in the car that landed in Ingram’s yard was taken to the hospital with injuries to her arm and elbows. He says the three children in her car were not hurt.

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