CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – At the intersection of Ironbridge Rd. and Beach Rd., cars and SUVs perform a metallic ballet every day. But for Chesterfield Police close calls are far too common.
Many drivers ignore the law and turn onto Ironbridge Rd. without regard for other drivers making legal u-turns, police said.
Police should know. They have a front row seat to the near miss parade. Police headquarters sits at the intersection. While no crashes have been reported there, officers write tickets to drivers who disobey the rules of the road.
“Police are reminding drivers that vehicles turning right from Beach Road onto eastbound Iron Bridge Road must yield to vehicles making a U-turn onto eastbound Iron Bridge Road,” Chesterfield Police wrote in a message they asked the media to relay to drivers.
Similar problems happen at several spots around Central Virginia like along Monument Ave. in the city and at Gaskins and West Broad St. in Henrico County.
Nearly 40 accidents were reported at the West End intersection last year.
According to the National Safety Commission there are some rules to follow when making a U-Turn.
- Always look for pedestrians and cyclists
- Always look right and left before beginning your turn
- Complete your turn as soon as traffic clears and never back up at an intersection.