Dumb and Dangerous Driving - May 3, 2007

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

Stephanie Baker

MARTINEZ, Ga.---Drivers are flying through a neighborhood, and the signs put in place to stop it don't seem to be working.

The Quail Creek subdivision in Martinez is a quiet neighborhood with lots of families...and lots of speeders. That's why they got stop signs. But as we found, those signs aren't stopping much.

We spotted a driver traveling at 38 miles per hour, 18 over the suggested speed on streets drivers share with children.

"You got children all over this neighborhood!" said neighbor Gary Welcher. "I hate to see one of them get killed!"

Gary and his wife Joanne see speeds like around their home all the time.

Joanne says 35 miles per hour is the norm in a place where people should drive 20.

"It's a very family-like neighborhood where we all look out for each other," she said. "And it's impossible when people come through here like it's a raceway."

That's why she and her neighbors asked for speed bumps and stop signs.

But for these things to work, people have to actually stop. We spotted a driver who rolled the sign and continued on at 30 miles per hour.

It gets worse.

Another driver rolled through and got up to 12 miles over the speed limit.

And another was 13 miles over.

"We have a four-way stop over here and a four-way stop over there. And it's virtually ignored," Joanne said.

Joanne and Gary say the extra signs aren't working. So now, they're asking their neighbors to think about these kids before they put the pedal to the metal.

"This seems to be a test-run for drag strippers!" Gary said.

They've let deputies know about the "drag strip" problem. State law prevents law enforcement from running radar in subdivisions, but they are putting up speed trailers.


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  • by whatahoot on May 4, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    SOMETHING HAS GOT TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS! We have the same problem with drivers in Palmetto Place in North Augusta. Several families have called Aiken County and complained about the speeders, but they do nothing. Who do we contact to get speed limit signs and speed bumps? We have had several animals hit and killed as a result. What makes it even worse is they are all hit and runs. I just stopped this morning to find the owner of a young dachshund that was hit and left to die. It was still alive when we spotted him/her hit in the middle of the road. I, myself, have lost 3 animals to the crazy drivers in this neighborhood. 2 within the last 2 months. I guess we should be thankful it wasn't a child! Will they do something THEN???? Thanks Aiken County......NOT!
  • by tim lewis Location: ga on May 8, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    iam pretty sure calling that street a spot for "drag racers" is about as dumb of a statement as you can get. iam pretty sure a drag race is to cars side by side for a 1/4 mile or 1/8 mile at a time. what they have is a speeding problem like every neighborhood has. and for the people not stopping, well you cant fix stupid can you
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on May 4, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    I'm in fear of my life every time I get on the road. Even if people would just use their blinkers it would help. It is so rare to see blinkers I actually heave a sigh of relief when someone uses them. Almost invariably the people not using blinkers are driving one-handed with a cellphone stuck to their ear. Noone should be on the phone while driving. Noone. Oh, and the lady in the light metallic green SUV that comes flying through my neighborhood every day between 7 and 8pm, is an accident waiting to happen and I will be ready to tell the police your pattern of driving when it happens.
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