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Enough is enough; racing bikers have to be stopped
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
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
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
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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