Speeding Crackdown on Bobby Jones After Fatal Wreck

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

January 31, 2006
Just two days after a deadly wreck on the Bobby Jones Expressway, countless speeders are still being pulled over. News 12 took the shotgun seat during Tuesday’s patrols.

It’s a high-speed world along Bobby Jones Expressway with car after car pulled over for going way over the speed limit.

Like clockwork Richmond County sheriff’s deputies pull over dozens of cars along Bobby Jones Expressway. This is part of a special enforcement with funds from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

“With the additional people that grant pays for, we’re able to come out from time to time and target speed enforcement,” said Sgt. Pete Lamb.

In just about thirty minutes, Deputy Bonnie Basile wrote three tickets. The fine is even higher because of the construction zone.

“Wasn’t paying attention, I get that a lot. They weren’t paying attention to how fast they were going. The ultimate goal is voluntary compliance. For the public to slow down without us having to write citations and be out here. If that’s possible,” Basile said.

“We’ve done many enforcements on Bobby Jones but I don’t know that we’ll ever solve the problem,” Sgt. Lamb said.

Even more surprising, all these speeders just two days after four people died in a crash also on Bobby Jones. Investigators blame this on extremely high speeds.

“Speeding kills. It destroys families, property, it’s not just the person that’s doing it. It’s the other people around them who are innocent victims,” Basile said.

Tuesday’s special enforcement was actually planned before Sunday’s crash. Meanwhile, each ticket today cost speeders hundreds of dollars. Of course, they can always challenge it in court.

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