Warning signs for motorists are posted along SR-31 in Charlotte County



The “Deadly Intersection Ahead” sign now hangs along State-31 Road. But, they are not allowed there.

One man took action on his own and warned motorists. This follows another fatal crash along that stretch of road this week.

Eventually, the Florida Department of Transportation will have to remove the signs but has not said when that will happen. The man who put up those signs said that one life could be saved every day they were there.

Richard Abrams returned to the scene of the crash on Friday to make sure he had installed warning signs for drivers. “I’m putting up signs to save lives. Too many people have died here. Too many loved ones,” Abrams said.

Abrams decided enough was enough after a man died in a crash along SR-31 on Monday. So Abrams paid for the signs himself to warn drivers of the dangerous road ahead.

The price to pay was great for him. “It broke me down… I live on social security… it completely let me down,” he said.

Abrams told WINK News he only has $13 left in his bank account. But he said, if his sign saves someone’s life, it’s worth it.

Speed ​​is an issue along the SR-31. The fact that this is a single-lane road in both directions doesn’t help. So is the narrow shoulder on the side of the road.

Adam Rose is a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation. “We completely agree with his message. Yes, we totally understand why he did it. But when it comes to state regulation, they’re technically not allowed out there,” said Rose.

The FDOT will not remove the markings immediately, but maintenance will complete it at some point, they said.

Abrams hopes and prays that his signs will make a difference. “If I can, until I can’t,” he said. “And I care about people…”

When he can raise enough money, Abrams said, he plans to put lights on his signs so drivers can see them during the day and at night. Warning signs for motorists are posted along SR-31 in Charlotte County

Aila Slisco

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