News 12 First at Five, August 21, 2007
WAGENER, S.C. - A Wagener firefighter was killed Sunday in a collision on a road that has a dangerous history: Camp Rawls Road.
"It's something about the angle of this road," said Joan Kitchings. She's been living on the road for more than seventy years and she wants people to take their foot off the pedal.
"Well in the last 10 years, the speed has gotten faster because we all have faster cars and we don't realize how fast we're going at the time," says Kitchings.
She says part of the problem is people don't know what the speed limit is.
"It's like the Darlington 500 out here," says Kitchings.
That may be because there's only one speed limit posting of 55 mph on the entire 3.5 mile road.
"It doesn't hardly get traveled at 55," says Camp Rawls Road resident Jeffrey King,"It's usually faster."
We clocked cars going as fast as 66 miles per hour. Jeffrey King says that's slow compared to the norm.
"It's the slowest I've seen the traffic in the 4 years I've been here," said King.
To make thing worse--there's no sign warning drivers that there's a sneaky curve in the road either.
"When they come around this curve they don't bother to slow down," said Kitchings,"There's been accident after accident out here on this road."
Speeding by itself it already a formula for disaster. Add a sneaky curve to the equation and it equals--Camp Rawls Road.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, if the speed limit is not posted it's 55mph unless you're on a residential road--then, it's 35 mph.
Aiken County engineers said they'll look into posting more speed limit and traffic signs on Camp Rawls Road.