Petition calls for turn lane or traffic light on SR 710

INDIANTOWN — A fatal traffic accident on State Road 710 (aka the “Beeline Highway” or Warfield Boulevard) at the intersection of Southwest Tommy Clements Street has sparked a petition for a traffic signal and/or turning lane there. The April 30 crash, which involved a Dodge Dakota truck and two semis, claimed the life of a Stuart man.

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This photo was posted on Change.org with a petition to add a light and/or turn lanes at the intersection of SR 710 and Southwest Tommy Clements Street in Indiantown.


On Wednesday, Rebecca Lantigua started a petition titled “Traffic Lights or Turn Lanes on Beeline Highway” on the Change.org website. By Thursday morning, the petition had more than 1,000 signatures.


“We, the undersigned Citizens of Indiantown, FL and its surrounding areas, petition to have a traffic light installed on Beeline Highway at the intersections of SW Tommy Clements St., SW Springhaven Ave. and also SW Amaryllis Ave.


“These intersections are extremely dangerous. Numerous accidents have occurred, causing destruction of property, bodily injuries, and have claimed the lives of multiple people.


“Our family, friends and neighbors leave their homes every day in hopes to return to their families. Unfortunately, due to the lack of safety precautions such as traffic lights or turning lanes, many have not been so lucky.


“No one leaves their home expecting never to return. Parents drop their kids off at a bus stop located at these intersections every morning only to hope that they will be able to tuck them in again that night.


“No person should leave their home thinking that might have been the last goodbye hug/kiss to my loved ones. No child should wonder if Mommy and Daddy will make it home for family dinner? No parent should have to fall asleep at night thinking, ‘That might have been the last time I tuck my kids into bed.’


“Why should something that can be easily prevented cause so many people daily stress and anxiety to an already hectic life that we live?”


The petition includes a photo of the April 30 crash, which the poster notes “claimed the life of one 29-year-old man and has caused lifetime emotional scarring to many others.


“To prevent having to explain to ANOTHER child why their Mommy/Daddy wont be home for dinner or explain to ANOTHER parent that they will NEVER be able to see their children grow up, PLEASE, we ask that a traffic light or turning lane be added to Beeline Highway at the intersections of SW Tommy Clements St., SW Springhaven Ave., and also SW Amaryllis Ave.”

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