Parents: Study Sangaree's busy intersection again

SANGAREE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Parents and neighbors in one Sangaree neighborhood met Monday evening to try to get the attention of the state Department of Transportation. They want a more detailed safety study of an intersection where a crossing guard was hit two years ago.

Sangaree parents and residents say they need the county to join their efforts to get a new safety audit of the intersection. The last one was done in 2011, and since then the area has grown.

In 2012, a crossing guard was hit and seriously injured at the intersection. Another crossing guard said she jumped out of the way of an aggressive driver.

Parents have asked for a light, but that has not happened.

"Basically, the Department of Transportation has come out and they've counted cars, and the traffic doesn't warrant a stop light or anything like that due to the amount of traffic," said Kathi Regalbuto, a resident of Sangaree. "However, if they do a comprehensive audit, they will check not only the cars but the pedestrians, the bicyclists, which around the school you're going to have more of that."

Regalbuto says her son, who is now an adult, also had a close call at the same intersection when he was a student there. She says a comprehensive safety audit could identify traffic problems so they can be addressed and fixed permanently.

"I avoid that so I don't have to see it, but it's gotten worse over the years because the size of Sangaree has grown over the years," she said.

Berkeley County Council member Tim Callahan said the area is a priority and that it's clear that the area needs more than one crossing guard.

"This is a priority and this is something that we can't wait on for two years to address. It has to be addressed immediately, in the short term," Callahan said.

But he thinks the traffic problems can be solved.

"I think you probably can do it fairly simply, but it has to be approved by the DOT, whether it's additional stop signs, raised speed bump crosswalks, or that sort of thing," Callahan said.