Staunton Installs New Mirrors To Help Drivers


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- If you're driving around Staunton you might notice more mirrors, but they're not for you to check your hair or makeup.

"It's kind of a stressful thing. You get to the end of the road, and you think 'okay, okay,' and you kind of feel your stress level increasing and you're looking and thinking, 'OK, I think I can make it now,' and you pull out really quick and go. It's just what you have to do," said Christine Poulson, who lives in Staunton.

Parked cars, hills and other obstacles can make driving out a game of chance.

"Maybe I can get where I'm going by turning right, because it's so much easier to turn right, you don't have to worry about your car being hit by somebody," said Poulson.

"You don't really know what's coming. So you could just get T-boned by oncoming traffic. That's not fun," said Erika Goodwin, who also lives in Staunton.

There are a lot of places in Staunton where it's hard to pull out because of the curves and the hills, which is why the mirrors are there to help with the visibility on the roads.

"You can't really see, especially around some of the sharp curves we have. You can't really see the oncoming traffic. So if you don't use them, you may run into somebody pulling out," said Goodwin.

Staunton's Public Works Department installed several mirrors across the city to help drivers when they're pulling out of side streets. The one located on North Coalter Street is the newest.

Some who live on Sherwood Avenue said they don't really use the mirrors, but at other intersections, like the corner of Virginia and Augusta Streets, drivers depend on them.

"You don't have a choice, unless you want to get hit. But nobody wants that," said Goodwin.

"Especially since I have children and I often have children in the care, I think, 'I wish everybody would be careful' coming through these parts in Staunton, where we all know people could be pulling out. And we just need to be careful not to hit each other," said Poulson.

Thomas Sliwoski, Staunton's director of public works, said the mirrors cost less than a couple hundred dollars and are more effective than signs or lights.


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