Talmadge Bridge Northbound Exit (rt 17)
The Talmadge Bridge is beautiful but very poorly designed for traffic- especially the exits at the ends of the bridge. The North side exit to the Convention center area in South Carolina is particularly ridiculous. While declining at a grade towards a leftward chicane kink the right lane is phased out into a right turn only lane. Such a set-up is barely acceptable on a regular street with a low speed limit- let alone a bridge with no run off and hard barriers designed to prevent plunging into the water. Someone obviously recognized the danger and have signs posted all across the bridge- but it is a set-up for nasty accidents and ALWAYS expect to be cut off by someone in the right lane who fails to heed the signs whenever you cross at speed. It is akin to an improvised exit-merge you would find in a construction zone and clearly corners were cut during construction of this segment.
During heavy traffic times this counter-intuitive design is the source of extremely heavy and unnecessary back-ups. The Garmin and web based maps programs generally direct you to cross on the 95 bridge...not the 16-17 Talmadge. It is more poorly designed than the old "Hillside Strangler" of Chicago fame- and considerably more hazardous in every way.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
The drunk drivers
River Street has a LOT of bars. Like the French Quarter in New Orleans, you can walk in one place, get a drink to go and continue to the next. Unfortunately, people get way too drunk and proceed to make their way home. My experience was with a man who believed he could drive a motorcycle intoxicated. I was showing a friend of mine around a few years back and we were on River Street leaving the area. The motorcycle pulled out of his space and managed to fall onto my car. The bike didn’t do any damage—it was mostly the driver who fell onto my hood. I was very upset because this could have easily been a horrible situation but everyone else who saw this was laughing, my passenger included. Not a good way to end the night—it scared me. Please don’t drink and drive here.
Your Pants May Not Fit When You Get Home!
Savannah is a walking city and walk we did, but apparently all our walking efforts were not enough to stave off the extra pounds. If it happens that your pants grow tighter, as mine did, just stay calm and remember that the food was damn good.
Savannah Ga "not all it's cracked up to be"
Our adult son took a job in savannah, about one year ago. WHAT AN EYE OPENER…..
The crime rate is NO JOKE. If you’re a SCAD student or thinking of attending you better
re-think! The chances of somebody beating the *** out of you or just killing you are too great.
They set cloths lines out for students on bikes, and when they hit it, they beat them up and steal everything.
The cobble stones streets are the least of your problems. Don’t go out after dark and stay where other people are.
Savannah has along way to go before I go back for a visit. And yes our son has had it, his looking for a new job somewhere safer.
If you need proof; look into the SCAD student killed December 14, 2009, in the 100 block of Congress lane. The police didn’t have any answers for his family either…
- Women's Travel
The tourists in Savannah seem to walk around in a daze. They step off curbs oblivious to traffic. While the natives seem to make up their traffic rules as they amble on at a snail's pace behind the wheel. Check your road rage at the exit ramp on the interstate. Savannah drivers and traffic will challenge your patience. It's best to keep a cool head and know where you're going.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Be careful of tourist trap restaurants.
We thought we had found a good restaurant...right along the River Street with nice views of the waterfront activity. Well some of that was true. The service was so bad I thought my son was going to pay for our drinks and leave. The food was ordinary at best... the management and staff were lax and unaware of their shortcomings.
Address: Water Street
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- Budget Travel
As other people have...
As other people have mentioned, the town can get a little shady after dark, but don't let that discourage you from getting out on the town at night. Savannah is quite majestic in the evening hours, and a moonlit walk through the streets can be very refreshing and romantic. Just keep your wits about you and don't wear diamonds bigger than your fist and you won't have any trouble with the Savannah criminal element. I've lived in Savannah all my life, and I was mugged once (its very rare but it happens) and if it makes you feel any better the mugger was very polite about the whole matter and said 'Please' and 'Thank you' . . . like I've stressed before, folk in Savannah are incredibly polite.
As said before, pick-pockets...
As said before, pick-pockets and purse snatchings. The most common ' I need a quarter or fifty cents for the bus' as you pull out your wallet or go to dig for change, they snatch it and run. Also, when River Street is packed on weekends or events, it can be really crowded, best to keep your purse at home and wallet in front pocket. Savannah is not that bad, but like any city with alot of people gathered in small quarters, it can happen, so be careful!
There isn't a chapter of weird people so I put it under this one. It’s not a warning or has any danger; I only want to show you this guy. Please do we have a choice; Jesus or Death? He sits everyday somewhere in Savannah, with everyday another sign. Today it was this one.
Not really a danger, but be...
Not really a danger, but be warned: if you don't like loud partygoers, it would be wise to avoid Savannah during St. Patrick's Day celebrations. This is the best place south of Boston to go for great parades and parties on that most Irish of days.
As in many great cities, the...
As in many great cities, the potential danger would be pick pocketing, so watch your wallets. Dowtown Savannah is safe to walk at night, however you should avoid streets that are not well lighted at night.
Bonaventure Cemetary, dont be a victim!
It is very easy to get caught up being a tourist in Savannah, GA. While looking through the magnificent cemeteries, beware. We were told to put our purses in the trunk of our car. We did just that, when we left the car, we locked it. At some point while we were out of view of the car, the alarm went off. We were the only ones around, so thinking I tripped the panic alarm, I reset it.
I walked to the car a few minutes later and sure enough, the trunk was popped and purses gone.
Dont be a victim in the remote cemeteries. Dont take ANY valuables with you. Keep it on your person. It was a great city to visit, but don't let your guard down, even for a second.
- Arts and Culture
Be Careful at Night!
While most of the historic district is pretty safe day or night, if you go off the beaten path please stay alert! We walked a lot around Bay Street and River Street at night and never felt unsafe, but we noticed on less busy streets we didn't feel as safe. Treat Savannah like you'd treat any city and you'll be fine.
guy sleeping in his car (we hope!)
We saw someone come out of a car we looked in the car and saw a guy sleeping or dead just be careful lock your car roll up the windows and go to your next destination it was in front of the park witch I think is the biggest square just be aware and be safe
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
Be smart and enjoy your stay
Savannah is another town where the "have" and "have nots" tend to interact on a daily basis.
Most of the River Front area seems well-policed, but there is a lot of partying and that can present occasional problems. There are certainly some areas of town that would not be fun to walk around in alone at night, but you won't find them highlighted in the brochures. If in doubt, ask the locals before setting off. During the day, most of the squares and downtown seem pretty safe.
As with any tourist city, don't "FLASH" your valuables or isolate yourself and you should have a fun time.
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