COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The signs are not the solution.
That’s the word from neighbors in Columbia’s Rosewood area who said the 30 mile per hour signs do little to slow down speeders traveling down their roads. And the one speed bump? They said that’s not working either.
The Columbia Police Department said it’s not for lack of patrols, as they respond to that area whenever neighbors complain about speeding. But, the response is sporadic – it could be one officer, or three or four – sometimes for a day or a week at a time.
“It’s not a one-and-done type thing,” said Corporal Daniel Weiler. “We continue to try and show enforcement efforts on a continuous basis.”
Cpl. Weiler is part of the Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit. We asked to ride along with him after neighbors told us speeding was still a major issue in the Rosewood area a year after we did our initial story about high traffic connector roads like South Holly and South Bonham streets – all with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour and a straight shot to large connecting streets, like Rosewood Drive and Jim Hamilton Boulevard.
As we patrolled with Cpl. Weiler, we encountered one speeder going 41 mph, not wearing a seatbelt and driving without a license. In 2018, Columbia Police wrote 138 tickets on side streets off Rosewood Drive. including Bonham, Maple, and Holly streets. There were 14 collisions south of Rosewood Drive. At the end of the day, Weiler said they can patrol – but drivers have to be aware.
"If you’re on a roadway in the city and you don’t see a speed limit sign it would be 30 miles per hour,” Cpl. Weiler said.
Last year, CPD met with the city’s traffic engineering department and the Rosewood Community Council. Those discussions spurred the installation of a temporary speed bump on Airport Boulevard, but not much has happened since then.
Many neighbors told WIS that speed bump doesn’t hit the highest traffic areas, even though it’s right in front of Memorial Stadium.