Thursday, October 27, 2011
Speeders out of control in Watson community
By SUE WATSON
Two people from the Gordan Lakes (Rebecca Drive) area of the county sought help from the Marshall County supervisors and sheriff to stop reckless speeding through their neighborhoods.
Katherine Gray and Linda Clark, during a recent board meeting, brought several pages of signatures on a petition requesting help to slow traffic.
Gray said speeders are running over dogs and could easily run over a child. She does not let her grandson play in the yard because of out-of-control vehicles. One would have hit her porch if trees had not been a barrier, she said.
“School buses speed, too,” said Gray. “Speeders are out of control.”
“Doing donuts,” Clark added.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said the county could not install speed bumps.
“We’re not asking for that,” said Gray. “We are just asking for some law. They take down signs.”
“I understand where y’all are coming from,” Bennett said. “I almost got run over at my grandchild’s drive. And signs, there is no telling how much the county has paid for signs torn down. It’s all over the county. All we can do is patrol the roads.”
Supervisor George Zinn III asked if speeding occurs at any particular time of day.
“No, any time,” Clark said.
“All you have to do is take out papers on them,” Bennett said.
“Then you have retaliation,” Gray said. “So if we get a tag number?”
Board attorney Kent Smith advised that residents can go to justice court with a tag number and also to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson to ask for a patrol.
“I know he’s willing to help the citizens,” Smith said. “There are only so many hours they can monitor a subdivision road.”
“Ask the sheriff to do something,” Zinn said.
Bennett said with 700 square miles to cover in the county, the sheriff does not have enough deputies to go around, even though the sheriff’s department continually seeks grant monies for more patrols.
“Ask the sheriff if he can find out one or two people who are the worst,” Zinn suggested.
Supervisor Willie Flemon asked if the problem was just on weekends.
“It's every day,” said Gray, “usually more late in the afternoon.”
She said one of her renters called because a person was in her yard doing donuts.
“They know him, but are scared of him,” Clark said.
“If you get their tag numbers, call Sheriff Dickerson and come in and take out papers,” said Bennett.
Dickerson offered to set up a time for a community meeting to discuss how to solve the problem and who the persons are who are mostly involved in creating the problem.
“It is this same person,” said Clark. “He’s also taking down mail boxes. It’s the same person doing it.”
Smith said the law is clear on destroying mail boxes and could be applied in those instances by complaining to the post office.
A community meeting has been set for 6 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Watson Community Center. Supervisor Zinn and Maj. David Cook with the sheriff’s department have agreed to help conduct the meeting.
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