Troopers take on speeding in one neighborhood, ask public for more tips

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 3:20 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2016 at 10:12 AM EDT
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - In Richland County's Woodfield Park neighborhood off Percival Road, along East Boundary Road, LCpl. David Jones works the speed gun while another trooper waits.

Troopers were out there after neighbors complained to WIS that the residential 30 miles-per-hour road has turned into a high-speed bypass. They're concerns WIS first told you about Tuesday night. 

Those neighbors said some people are going 10, 20, even 30 miles-per-hour over the speed limit in their subdivision.

"The story was on last night, and a trooper, this morning, on his way into work, decided that, 'I'm going to go by East Boundary and be proactive and see if I can see any violations.' In doing so this morning, he stopped a couple cars and he educated a couple people," said Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Hours later the work wasn't done. Ultimately, after about a dozen citations, drivers were slowing down.

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"Anytime we show up and we go to enforce traffic law, the word gets out pretty quick that 'the highway patrol is in town' or 'the highway patrol's on my street. Be careful,'" said Jones.

Homeowners like John Bradley noticed the slower speeds.

"If they see the patrolmen here now and then, they may slow it down. They wouldn't have to stay all day or anything like that. People pass the word around when they see something like this going on," he said.

Jones said Troopers are glad to break up speeding here or anywhere, and it's as simple as picking up the phone and dialing *47 or *HP.

"We don't know to patrol these roads unless we're notified," Jones said. "Don't ever think that you're a hassle that you're creating work for us. These are our roads. These are our communities. We take pride in protecting the people that we serve."

Neighbors in Woodfield had nothing but thanks for the troopers. They still said some speed bumps would be nice too.

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