Deadly Crash Leads to Road Striping Bill

Would allow money from more funds to be used to stripe roads

EYEWITNESS NEWS CAPITOL BUREAU - A deadly car accident is prompting one lawmaker to try to get more money to fix dangerous roads.

In September, Lynn Jason Turner, of Carrollton, was driving through heavy fog when his car collided with another head-on in Jacksonville.  He was killed and a 7-year-old in his vehicle hospitalized.  A teen in the other vehicle was treated and released.

Reports indicate the dull, striped markings on the road could be a reason behind the accident.

Current law allows state and federal funding to be used for projects like building a new bridge or fixing a pothole, however, that money cannot be used for striping a road; only motor fuel taxes can.

So, Senator Sam McCann (R-Jacksonville) wants to make a change to put more dollars toward avoiding serious accidents. McCann's bill would allow state and federal funds to be used for striping.

The bill would take some time, if passed, to allow transportation officials to determine which roads are dangerous and put priority over other projects.

With no capital construction plan in place from lawmakers for nearly a decade, many roads and bridges continue eroding.

The last capital bill passed in 2009, when $31 billion was appropriated for infrastructure projects.

Since then, funding has plummeted and the recent budget passed by lawmakers, which included an income tax hike, did not include any infrastructure spending.


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