By Cathy Spaulding
October 12, 2020
Motorists on South Lee Street could soon have to slow down if the state reduces the speed limit. Fort Gibson Police Chief Rob Frazier said he wants to lower the speed limit on South Lee Street from 45 to 35 mph. Frazier said about 40 percent of vehicle accidents occur along the 45 mph zone on Lee Street, which goes from U.S. 62 to Fort Gibson Tire and Wheel. "Most of those are rear-end accidents, in which someone has pulled out in front of someone," he said. "We want to make the whole thing 35 mph." The speed limit drops to 25 mph in downtown, he said. A reduced speed limit would give drivers a little more time to turn off or onto Lee, Frazier said. "There's a big difference between going 35 and 45, and we think that's going to help with the accident rates on that stretch," he said. "Forty-five is kind of fast to be going when you're trying to get into Charlie's Chicken or Harps. Just the slight look off somewhere else and you've hit someone trying to turn."
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