Pedestrians voice concern over split of Division and Broadway - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Pedestrians voice concern over split of Division and Broadway

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Puna lava flow front widens to 100 yards, continues towards Pahoa

    Puna lava flow front widens to 100 yards, continues towards Pahoa

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-09-17 10:39:41 GMT
    The Puna lava flow has advanced forward another 270 yards since Monday, and according to officials the active edge of the surface flow is making its way through the northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads across a vacant parcel.
    The Puna lava flow has advanced forward another 270 yards since Monday, and according to officials the active edge of the surface flow is making its way through the northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads across a vacant parcel.
  • MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties runs into school cafeteria

    MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties runs into school cafeteria

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
    MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and
    A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch.
  • Oops! Wrong number: scam artist dials sheriff's deputy

    Oops! Wrong number: scam artist dials sheriff's deputy

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:39:50 GMT
    The man on the other end of the line claimed he was a Publishers Clearing House representative and that Dustin Norwood had won $2.5 million dollars and a 2015 Mercedes Benz C Class automobile. What the caller did not know is Norwood is a deputy with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.
    The man on the other end of the line claimed he was a Publishers Clearing House representative and that Dustin Norwood had won $2.5 million dollars and a 2015 Mercedes Benz C Class automobile. What the caller did not know is Norwood is a deputy with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Some area residents say they feel unsafe crossing the crosswalks in one of the busiest areas of Midtown, a tricky junction at Broadway, Division and 21st Avenue South.

"It's like Russian Roulette when you step out in the street," said Vanderbilt student Stella Yarbrough. "You don't know if a car's going to stop or not. I've been a few inches from a car once."

"It's a place I have to cross every day, and I've seen several close-calls," added Vanderbilt student David Staab. "Every day you have to take a half step to see if the car's going to stop. Usually, you have to make eye contact, and there's several times people just aren't paying attention. You have to retreat to this side of the road."

Few have more concerns about the safety of pedestrians on this busy stretch than Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Economics Malcolm Getz. Nearly three years ago, Getz was on a crosswalk at the split when he was hit by a car.

"I put a big bash in the hood of the car," said Getz. "My forehead put a spider on the windshield. I saw the storefronts across the street spinning, and I felt as though I was in a clothes washer, spinning as I tumbled down."

According to metro police, in four years, 21 vehicles have been involved in wrecks at the split of Division and Broadway. Two of those crashes involved pedestrians. 

"For whatever reason, motorists are not paying attention to crosswalks," said resident Donald Seitz. "They really need to because it's a matter of life and death."

While lights and signs have been added to crosswalks in recent years, Metro Public Works officials said the area is still being studied with more improvements coming in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Vanderbilt officials added the Jim Littlejohn Association has started a project to improve the flow of traffic.

"I think there are things that could be done with traffic synchronization that could be done to make it safer to cross the street," said Getz.

"One accident, one pedestrian being hit is too many," said Seitz.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Pedestrians voice concern over split of Division and BroadwayMore>>

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.