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Residents of Old Bainbridge Road Rally for Traffic Safety

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Posted at 9:32 PM, May 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 08:27:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- A series of accidents on Old Bainbridge Road has some residents concerned for their safety. Several residents rallied Thursday to bring awareness to the heavy traffic in the area and to honor motorcyclist Anthony Branca, who was killed on the road 6 months ago. 

Shattered glass, a car bumper, and a damaged tree are just a few of the reminders of the several people injured on Old Bainbridge Road. 

Valerie Norvell lives right at the intersection of Old Bainbridge and Portland Avenue. She's witnessed more than a few accidents, including 2 that happened in her front yard. Now Norvell along with other community members are turning to city officials to take action and end the traffic dangers. 

We need attention. We need the city, the county, the state,... we need someone to come and make a difference. I'm hoping that they'll decide to put speed bumps out here to slow down the drivers. Speed humps will not only slow them down but will also get your attention so you're holding on to your cars," said Norvell.

In just 15 minutes, WTXL almost witnessed 2 accidents, saw a driver texting, and another driver speeding down the hill. Incidents like those are some of the reasons residents are rallying for a solution. Participants wore red bandannas in honor of the young man who was killed on his motorcycle by a distracted driver. 

The red bandanna is kind of Anthony's trademark. He'd wear them to school,. He wore them a lot when he a was a counselor at Indian Springs and it kind of became his thing. What we want do is bring awareness to all of these things, to distracted driving, this intersection, and just to the dangers on the road in general," said Demetrius Branca, Anthony's father.

The city of Tallahassee has proposed a roundabout near the intersection of Old Bainbridge and Pullen roads. However, some residents are concerned that cars will still speed after exiting the traffic circle.