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Letter to the Editor
Writer:  "What does it take to have speed limits enforced?"
web posted January 17, 2006

Dear Editor,

What does it take to have speed limits enforced?
 
I have lived in The Oaks Subdivision for five years. For 5 years I have watched people speed up and down Big Oak Dr. as if it were a race track. About two years ago a speed limit sign was placed at the start of the neighborhood after many complaints of speeding. The posted speed limit is 30 mph. Not many people actually drive 30 mph on Big Oak Dr. 

Many kids live in the neighborhood and it is unsafe for them to ride their bicycles in the street because of the high speeds people drive. It is dangerous to even back out of our driveway due to the speed of people driving around the curve right before our house.

Sunday afternoon I worked in the yard.  I watched many cars and trucks speed up and down Big Oak Dr. Three vehicles in particular were going an estimated speed of between 70 and 80 mph. There is NO need to go that fast through a neighborhood.
 
Monday morning I was planning to contact the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office and the DOT office. I was going to ask the DOT office what will it take to get speed bumps placed in the neighborhood and the Sheriff's office to start patrolling the subdivision more with radar guns; but before Monday morning could get here a tragedy occurred.

As I turned on to Big Oak Dr. Sunday evening I found many police cars and several fire trucks right past my house. I rode through to find out what was going on.  One of the cars I had watched earlier in the day speed by was wrapped around a pine tree in someone's front yard. I stopped to talk to the officer and let him know what I had observed earlier in the day. He then informed me there were two fatalities in this wreck.

It is hard to believe two young people can be killed in a single car accident on a neighborhood street due to speed. What else will it take to get speed bumps placed in this neighborhood?

Ashlie Kelly
North Augusta, SC
 




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