Sharp corner, 3 converging streets breed traffic problems

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM.

Traffic has doubled

Since the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) moved to the Crestview area, Angie Arnold said traffic — and traffic problems — in her neighborhood have more than doubled.

The subdivision’s sole entrance is on the problem corner, she said.

Another concern is after the corner, Lake Silver Road straightens out to long, straight paths popular for drag racing. Charlie Arnold said the family has sat around their backyard fire pit with friends watching motorcycles and cars racing on the road.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reported responding to several traffic calls in the area in recent months.

"In the last 12 months, the sheriff's office has conducted 57 traffic stops for violations along Lake Silver Road," Sgt. Mark Raiche of the sheriff's office Special Operations Unit said. "We will continue to work on the problem."

Raiche said the sheriff's office, which is stepping up patrols, set up a radar-controlled speed limit sign "to increase awareness of the speed limit."

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