Woman in wheelchair fights to move mailbox off highway

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The speed limit on Alabama Hwy. 155 is 55 miles per hour in front of Penny Franklin’s home. Franklin relies on an electric power wheelchair that tops out at 9 miles an hour.

Right now she says she feels like she’s taking her life and her hands when she goes to check her mail, because she has to cross two lanes of traffic.

Chilton County She thinks that this whole problem can be avoided if she moves her mailbox about 20 feet inside the dirt road driveway for her and her neighbors, but for reasons that are still unclear she says the post office told her that’s not an option

On the outskirts of Montevallo in neighboring Chilton County, Penny Franklin says getting her mail is the most frightening part of her day.

“I’m trying to get my mailboxes moved off of a very busy road in a dangerous curve over into my driveway where it would be safer for me, my children, and the postal carrier,” said Franklin.

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  • Tn Rural Carrier

    This is one of those situations where you need to get all the facts before jumping to conclusions. Is there a safe turn around point for the mail carrier, and would it be safe for the mail carrier to turn into and out of the driveway on a daily basis? Can you see well enough from the driveway to safely pull out into the highway? People always jump on the post office for things like this, when there are things that carriers can not do due to safety of the carrier.

  • Retired Mailman

    Do you really believe that it’s safer for HER to do so?

  • Tn Rural Carrier

    It’s not safe either way. The county should put in a shoulder for her mailbox to be on. If she has no one to care for her, there are medical exceptions where she could have the mail delivered to a house (as a retired mailman, you know this). Carriers are put in dangerous situations daily in deliveries. It’s amazing we don’t have more carriers injured or killed due to the route they are given to deliver.

  • Tn Rural Carrier

    Or, after reading the story completely, she could have boxes moved to same side of road as her home, Get the boxes which open from both sides, and pave a space behind it so that everyone could get their mail safely.