On December 29, a serious auto accident on Route 340 N at Pass Run Road resulted in one individual trapped and airlifted for medical care. That comes just three months after a crash on 340 N near Compton Hollow Road involving five cars that killed two people. On December 23, 2021, a crash at Brown Lane was serious enough for air transport to be on standby. And in the first two weeks of January, there were several accidents along this stretch that caused injury and damage, along with blocked lanes.
We all know that 340 N between Luray and Front Royal is dangerous. When people are going more than 20 miles or more over the speed limit (not unusual),all bets are off as far as being able to safely make a turn onto the road. The traffic is coming so fast that you can’t always see them coming. And anyone who tries to travel at the speed limit is likely to be followed too closely for safety. A double yellow line? No problem. Pass anyway, regardless of oncoming traffic or hills and curves that limit visibility,
Surprisingly, given the dangers (and the revenue potential for the county through law enforcement of speed limits), it is rare to see county or state police.
Why isn’t this road a priority for VDOT and law enforcement?
Why aren’t speed limits reduced in areas that have had recent major accidents and/or fatalities or are accidents waiting to happen? Why aren’t other interventions in place to limit speed, such as traffic lights at intersections with a history of life-threatening accidents?
Safety on this road needs to be a priority — before more people are killed on it.
Cathy Herbert ~ Luray
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