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LIVINGSTON PARISH - Despite the Department of Public Works installing caution signs on South Satsuma in Livingston Parish, residents who live near a dangerous curve say people are still ignoring the dangers and the warning signs.

"Even after they put in the warning signs and the flashing lights, there still has been accidents there," said Jared Bonnette.

The curve is on South Satsuma between I-12 and Highway 190, sometimes bringing 18-wheelers to their next destination. The near 90-degree curve has always been there, but neighbors say now the traffic demands more than the two lane road provides.

"It used to be a country road, and after six at night, you never heard any traffic," said Jackie Hayles. "Now it's constant."

The traffic is so constant, the parish installed signs to warn drivers to slow to 15 mph, complete with flashing lights and "dangerous curve" wording. DPW calls it a "tough situation" and are asking people to slow down.

"We're just trying to save a life," said Public Works Director Sam Digirolamo.

Neighbors say the signs have helped but still count at least one or two wrecks a month.


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