CHARLOTTE, N.C.–With several shops and restaurants within walking distance, the third most dangerous intersection for shoppers in the city is East Seventh Street and Hawthorne Lane in Elizabeth, with more than 25,000 cars each day and 49 crashes over the last three years.
“Slow down! And stop texting!” is what nearby resident Eustquia Rodriguez suggested for the drivers.
The intersection of Freedom Drive, Ashley Road, and Tuckaseegee Road in West Charlotte is number two. With multiple drug and discount stores nearby, more than 45,000 cars travel through it each day. It has had 102 crashes over the last three years. “It’s busy period. And it’s getting more busy!” said Uptown Charlotte Resident Erinn Rochelle.
And coming in at number one, the most dangerous intersection for shoppers in Charlotte is steps away from CPCC and the Big Box stores of the Metropolitan Shopping Center at Third/Fourth Streets and Kings Drive in Midtown. More than 45,000 cars use it each day. It has had 103 crashes over the last three years.
“To me it doesn’t depend on the season. It’s just bad,” said a CPCC student named James.
The dangerous intersection data comes from the Charlotte Department of Transportation’s latest Traffic Safety Report released in 2012.