Project “Guard”ian Angel - Make Delaware’s Rt. 1 Highway Safer

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Hello, my name is Danielle Farmer and I am a resident of New Castle, Delaware. I am starting this petition to have guard rails installed on one of our busiest highways, seeing as though there have been far too many tragic and fatal accidents that have occurred due to the lack of safety. The State of Delaware stresses “Click It or Ticket” for seatbelt laws; however, in incidences such as the following, seatbelts aren’t always effective.

“On Friday, July 6, 2018, a 2007 Ford F-350 was traveling southbound, in the left lane on State Route 1 Highway (Rt. 1). A 2002 Mercury Sable was traveling northbound on Rt. 1, and a 1998 Toyota Sienna was traveling a short distance behind the Sable. For unknown reasons, the F-350 failed to remain in the southbound lanes of travel and exited the roadway, crossing over the grassy median and into the northbound lanes of travel on Route 1. The front driver’s side of the F-350 struck the left rear side of the Sable, causing the Sable to spin out of control and come to a rest in an embankment. The F-350 continued out of control southbound in the northbound lanes, when the front of the Sienna struck the passenger’s side of the F-350. The impact caused both vehicles to be displaced off the edge of the roadway and into a ditch. The operator of the Sienna, a 61-year-old male from Teaneck, NJ, was properly restrained and pronounced deceased at the scene. Also in the vehicle were his four daughters, ages 20, 17, and two 13-year-olds, who were not properly restrained, were pronounced deceased at the scene. His 53-year-old wife, was properly restrained in the front passenger seat and was transported to a local area hospital where she was admitted with serious injuries.”

If the State of Delaware would install guard rails along this highway, vehicles would be stopped prior to crossing the grassy median and injuring or worse yet, killing innocent travelers.