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Road safety at the world’s longest garage sale

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The world’s longest-running garage sale spans several Alabama counties, bringing heavy traffic to county roads that are usually quiet, and increased traffic can create road conditions dangerous.

When driving in busy areas, salespeople recommend that you slow down. Most visitors to the sale said they had many positive experiences.

“Some people are really nice and let you in,” Jenny Sweer, buyer at the world’s longest-running garage sale. “Others just zoom in.”

Many vendors located just outside of Dogtown, Dekalb County have moved to the area for years and said they have seen a lot of impatience. In areas where many people are crossing the street, a speeding car can be very dangerous.

“People are coming and going across the street, and they’re rushing,” salesman Harry Truitt. “They don’t pay attention and the traffic doesn’t pay attention.”

Parts of County Road 89 have poor visibility and many people park on the side of the road to stop and get their groceries.

“When the sun is going down, there’s no light in that direction and someone could come out at any time without realizing it or a speeding car,” Truitt said.

The speed limit on County Road 89 is 55 miles per hour in many places, but traffic can be a bit slower. Be sure to watch for pedestrians and keep an eye out for cars entering and exiting the road.

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