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School officials push for changes at busy intersection

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - It's a road which has caused three traffic crashes near a high school this school year.  Now school administrators are looking to solve the problem and make it safer for student drivers.

The issue is when students are trying to make a left hand turn at Hannibal High School on the South side parking lot.  Officials are looking to change this by eliminating that left hand turn, and they're hoping that would take away the danger and congestion.

The scene is the same everyday at 2:30 in the afternoon at Hannibal High School.  Students rushing to get to their cars and head home for the day, and Hannibal High Senior Megan Bode said she sees too many drivers taking that left turn recklessly. 
   
"I feel like there are some people that don't know how to execute that turn properly and they try to jump the gun and go with their instinct as opposed to being cautious about it," she said. 

Hannibal Business Manager Rich Stilley says something needs to be done after so many accidents in just one school year.
   
"This is an issue for us when we look at the safety of our students faculty and staff.  Especially newer drivers that turn left over four or five lanes of traffic and we want to make it as simple and safe for everybody," Stilley said. 

High School Principal Ted Sampson worked with Stilley to figure out what can be done to help eliminate the danger.  He said this issue has been talked about for years but not until recently has something been in the works.

"I just called him one day and asked him what can we do to make this safer for our students and he had had the same thought that morning and that was an opportunity for us to move forward," Sampson said. 

As for Bode, she avoids taking a left if she can, whether or not a sign tells her to. 

"I have two or three times but my dad told me not to, so I try not to because I know how bad it can get.  He's seen a lot of different wrecks and close calls at that intersection," Bode said.
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