Neighbors claim speeding is problem on North Augusta road

By: Chad Mills Email
By: Chad Mills Email
North Augusta residents of Seymour Drive say speeding is a huge problem in their area of town. (WRDW-TV)

North Augusta residents of Seymour Drive say speeding is a huge problem in their area of town. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Feb. 7, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- People who live along the North Augusta street call it the Seymour Speedway.

"Sometimes, I look out the window, and I see cars coming through about 45 or 50, which, I think, exceeds the limit," said Barbara Nichols about speeders on Seymour Drive.

The limit on the North Augusta road is 30 miles per hour. Nichols says that's rarely how fast cars travel along this road that runs diagonally between Atomic and Old Edgefield roads.

"We have a lot of children in the neighborhood riding their bikes. We have people walking in the evenings," Nichols said.

On Wednesday evening, the driver of a truck hit a boy on a bike. Luckily, there were only minor injuries. The boy suffered a chipped tooth and a broken hand.

The driver was not at fault or speeding, but the incident has neighbors along Seymour Drive calling for action again.

"Some of them probably don't realize what the speed limit is because there's no posted signs," Nichols said.

Actually, there are two signs, but blink and you'll miss them. Nichols has been missing them for 17 years.

"Maybe a few more speed limit signs would help," said Rex Alspaugh, who's lived on the road for decades.

Alspaugh has been asking North Augusta for a solution for years.

"They informed me that the street was a state road and not a city road," he told us.

That means neighbors along Seymour Drive will have to ask the South Carolina Department of Transportation for more signs, some speed bumps and maybe even a sidewalk to get kids on bikes off the street.

"The City of North Augusta has a very active traffic enforcement. We try our best to focus on those areas of concern," said Sgt. Maurice Ransom with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Ransom says the city will do its part, but North Augusta officers can't patrol the whole road. Part of it is in the Aiken County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.


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