FDOT: Changes for Gulf to Bay-Belcher intersection

Clearwater, Florida -- "Get the lunatics off the road, sorry."

That is one pedestrian's reaction on how to make Gulf to Bay Boulevard safer. And the Florida Department of Transportation has a few suggestions of its own on how to keep people safe.

It's the intersection where a car killed a 70-year-old crossing guard in May and a utility pole is still broken. Now, his family and others want the road to be safer for everyone.

"They didn't want to stop for even a crossing guard," said Carey's wife, who did not want to be identified.

Family members, who were too emotional to go on camera, said they were always worried when Doug Carey, a former police officer, was on duty.

"Too much traffic -- too much going on. I never felt safe driving there much less standing there directing traffic," she said.

The car ran a red light, jumped the curb and killed Carey.

READ: State report on Gulf to Bay and Belcher Road

His wife and daughter say they are thankful FDOT is looking to make changes.

"I just wish it could've happened sooner so we could've avoided - still have dad with us," said Carey's daughter.

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FDOT suggests these changes:

-- Repaint the crosswalks

-- Replace signal heads with flashing yellow arrow signals

-- Extend the length of the left turn lane

-- Put up advance street name signs

-- Review the feasibility of widening the sidewalks

People in the area Thursday said that's a start. But they and the family of Carey say the biggest change is something FDOT can't do.

"All the rules and changes won't make a difference if drivers aren't responsible and respectful."


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