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New stop signs installed at Black Forest intersection where 3 died in crash

There have been some changes to improve safety at a Black Forest intersection after the death of a mother and her two daughters in a car crash last year.

New stop signs were installed at the intersection of Shoup and Milam roads that are larger and more reflective, and there are new yellow warning signs before the stop signs.

The new signage comes after 37-year-old Jennifer Fisher and her two daughters were killed in a collision when she drove past the stop sign into the intersection last October.

After the accident, people in the area pressed El Paso County leaders to make safety improvements. County spokesman Dave Rose said the intersection doesn’t warrant a traffic signal, but the county decided to implement several improvements.

The county is looking for any way it can,” Rose said. “But the primary responsibility is still for drivers to recognize that this is a different type of roadway, not to be distracted by the deer in the field and not be lulled into thinking that there’s no traffic anywhere because you don’t see a car in front of you.”

In addition to the signage, the county trimmed the vegetation to improve visibility and new reflective striping will be installed when temperatures warm up.

Rose said the intersection already complied with federal highway engineering standards even before the improvements.

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