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County DOT director: New radar-enforced roads about safety, not ‘speed traps’
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
April 10, 2013 03:35 PM | 2868 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department will be able to enforce speed limits on 27 additional roads as a result of a vote by the Douglas County Commission last week.

The board unanimously approved forwarding an application to Georgia Department of Transportation to add to the list of roads approved for local radar detection by county sheriff’s officials.

According to Randy Hulsey, director of Douglas County DOT, signs warning drivers that “Speed Checked by Detection Devices” should be up in 45 to 60 days.

The vote was taken following a public hearing at which three residents from Wilson Road brought their concerns about safety issues along the one-mile winding road which runs between Ga. Hwy. 5 and Tyree Road in southwestern Douglas County.

Wilson Road was on the list approved for radar detection. Its speed limit will remain at 35 mph.

Barbara Styczynski, Jamie Music and Elizabeth Wheeler spoke about speeding concerns on the road.

Styczynski, who walks two miles along the road each day, said she believes everyone deserves to walk in safety.

“Every day I almost get killed,” she said. “They do not do 35 — they do 60 and above.”

Wheeler said speeding is an issue for residents, but also the safety of the drivers.

“We appreciate anything you can do to make it safer.”

Music said the majority of people who use the road drive safely, but others ignore the traffic laws.

“We just wish there was something that could be done,” he said.

According to Hulsey, the county and sheriff’s department get a higher volume of calls concerning speeding issues for these roads not currently under sheriff’s department approval for radar detection.

District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare said the No. 1 complaint he gets from residents is about speeding.

Hulsey said the county’s two-year study determined that “this is a way to control speeding by radar authorization.”

The roads added to the list are county thoroughfares, not subdivision roads, and would increase the number of county roads that the state would authorize the county to radar-enforce from 50 percent to 68 percent.

“Fifty percent does not give the sheriff’s department the tools they need to enforce speed,” Hulsey said.

District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell asked Hulsey about public concerns as to whether adding roads for radar detection could be used for setting speed traps.

“It is absolutely not about generating revenue or creating speed traps,” said Hulsey. “It is all about safety.”
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