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Tampa drivers worry about safety at I-275, Fowler Avenue intersection

Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 18:15:08-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa drivers have concerns about the traffic lights from I-275 northbound to Fowler Avenue. Some say the three right turn lanes are confusing.

“I’m asking myself every single time I’m coming through this intersection if I’m going to get hit,” said Liz Jacobsen. “I’m not sure if right on red means stop then go or don’t go at all.”

Jacobsen called our Driving Tampa Bay Forward tip line to get some answers after she witnessed an accident at the intersection.

And, just last week, an ABC Action News crew saw a rear-end crash. Both drivers, who did not want to go on camera, confirmed that accident happened when the lights were red.

The Florida Department of Transportation says when the lights are red and there is no oncoming traffic, drivers can make a right turn from any of the three lanes or make a full stop at the light.

“If you don’t feel like you have a good line of sight in that middle lane and you’re not comfortable with it, you can wait until the light is green,” said FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson.

Jacobsen says she would like to see more signage in the area, but FDOT says there are no plans for improvements.