There is a new addition on North Dietz Lane that is being used to improve safety for drivers.
The tragic accident last week in which two teenagers died after a head on collision on Dietz Lane is still in the minds of many as they travel down the road. But troopers say fatal accidents on Dietz Lane are rare and it is no more problematic than any other county road.
There is not a lot of fatal accidents, there are not a lot of injury accidents there, usually it is driver error it doesn’t have anything to do with the road. They are either speeding or just not really watching what they are doing," says Sgt. Clark Felix withthe Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The biggest problem troopers have is speeding and that is what a stop sign on North Dietz Lane is meant to combat. Brian Taylor with the Muskingum County Engineer’s Office says this stop sign is not in response to the fatal accident last week. Instead it has been in the works for a couple weeks and part of an initiative to make intersections safer around the county. The Muskingum County Commissioners approved the stop sign and hope it will reduce speeding and accidents.
"It is a bad intersection and not always clear as to who has the right of way so this will clarify that and hopefully make it a safer intersection for the traveling public," says Muskingum County Commissioner, Brian Hill.
The speed limit on Dietz Lane and North Dietz Lane ranges from 35 to 55 miles per hour, so drivers need to be aware.