Lyman police remove makeshift speed bump neighbors installed - FOX Carolina 21

Lyman police remove makeshift speed bump neighbors installed

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The area along Lawrence Street where residents placed the speed bump. (Jan. 22, 2014/FOX Carolina) The area along Lawrence Street where residents placed the speed bump. (Jan. 22, 2014/FOX Carolina)
LYMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On Monday, neighbors on Lawrence Street in Lyman bought and installed a plastic speed bump onto the middle of the street, but police showed up to get rid of it because it wasn't approved, and therefore, illegal.

Travis Fowler lives on Lawrence Street and starting with a petition more than a year ago, he's wanted what he calls a speeding issue to be dealt with by the city. But he said it hasn't been. It was his neighbors who installed the speed bump this week.

"I have seen two little girls, blonde headed girls, right here around this corner, on bicycles, almost get hit," said Lawrence. "It was like a near miss. I've heard stories as I went around and did the petition. I heard stories after stories about near misses down the street."

While Lawrence Street is owned by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, officials there said that it's up to cities to request, install, and maintain their own speed bumps, or other "traffic calming" mechanisms.

Before Lyman officials do that, Police Chief Terry Richards said that he and the City Council want to make sure a speed bump or hump is necessary.

Richards said he's heard the complaints about Lawrence Street before, and that his officers have been aggressive in the area. He explained that they have been actively patrolling the area and even had an officer there for 12 hours straight.

He said only two tickets were given. Richards said that the stationary radar trailers they put up have not recorded the speeders that neighbors claim to see. Richards' team looked at statistics about how many crashes there were on Lawrence Street, since 2004.

"Looking at the correlation of speed versus crashes. We're not having them," said Richards.

Richards said his department and the council will need to do more research into what a speed hump would do for the community, since he said, it can have a "phenomenal" cost.

As far as the holes left in the ground from the makeshift speed bump, Richards said the town will not press charges on the neighbors who put it up. The DOT will need to take a look and decide if they want to do so.

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