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Enough is enough; racing bikers have to be stopped


Editor's Column
web posted February 23, 2009
COLUMN – I am at my wits end when it comes to the ignorant racing bike clubs that terrorize the residents of Woodlawn and Garrett Roads. Complaints have been made to the Sheriff’s Office, but they are so understaffed the calls are responded to long after the riders have fled the area, if they can respond at all, and they can’t sit around waiting on the group to come back through due to other calls. Do not bother calling the Highway Patrol; they will not patrol secondary state roads. Something has to give.

This is nothing new, I have written on this subject for years. Most recently when it was announced the state was going to pave Woodlawn Road, I took measures to try to stop the paving. The speeds were high enough and there had already been fatalities. The paving was delayed shortly but went forward and as predicted the speeds have increased as well as the numbers of those racing along the curvy and hilly roads.

While traveling Woodlawn Road Sunday afternoon I was met by the first batch of these morons, a group of between twelve and fifteen. Some bikers just passed a car and were already speeding away running around 90 mph when the others behind the car moved out to pass on a curve with double yellow lines. When they saw me they stayed in my lane and continued to pass forcing me off the shoulder of the road and into a shallow ditch.

While trying to navigate my way out of the ditch by backing up and going forward in a curve and a hill, more of these wonderful future organ donors came blazing by. I had already called in a report to the Sheriff’s Office, but all deputies were on other calls.

I went to the next driveway and turned around and headed back east and found them congregated at Sportsman’s Corner. No doubt talking about their close call and the exciting ride as they fly down our roads.

I pulled up and figured I would take a few pictures. Those faces and mainly Georgia license plate numbers can always be handy to law enforcement.

They were not pleased when they figured out what I was doing and quickly jumped back onto their racing bikes and fled the scene at a high rate of speed in three directions.

It is time for this to come to an end.

If it takes paying deputies overtime to get a handle on this situation, then do it. Let the County Council deal with the overtime for short-changing the Sheriff’s budget in the first place. For once this county needs to put its priorities in order and quit wasting money on pet projects, pork for the politically connected, and hundreds of thousands of dollars to supply a few footballs and soccer balls for a few of the local county youth. 

There is no reason Edgefield County cannot afford to properly provide law enforcement in this county.

 
 




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