Dead Man's Curve: What will it take to change it?

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Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 at 6:04 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's called Dead Man's Curve—a busy stretch of Interstate 20 that sits not too far from the Birmingham Airport.

Wednesdays, dozens of cows that lost their lives there. But over the years, dozens of people have been killed there, too.

"We have, probably on a monthly basis, maybe one or two overturned," said Sgt. Becky White with the Sgt. Becky White with the Birmingham Police Department's Freeway Unit.

She points to the stretch as one of the busiest routes for into the city, especially for tractor trailers.

Many times, she says, cars tend to drive too close to them, causing problems.

"Just like this 18-wheeler, he needs to build back his speed," she explained pointing to a group of vehicles. "But the car behind him is so close, if he had to make a sudden stop, they'd go into the back of him."

Still, hands down, the biggest problem is speeding—especially for semis.

"We've got to get them to slow down. They've got to understand they sit higher than other cars and they are a deadly weapon," White said.

So far in 2017, there have been 34 traffic fatalities in Birmingham, 14 of them on the interstate.

Out of the more than 14,000 accidents in the city, 256 have involved semis.

But what will it take to get drivers, regardless of what they're driving, to slow down?

"Maybe higher fines," Smith said. "We need to make people more responsible because you are inconveniencing a lot of people."

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