Fewer speed traps would help fight crime

info@islandpacket.comJune 11, 2013 

The Hilton Head Island Town Council seemed taken by surprise when Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner's reply to its request to fight crime was a call for more deputies and money.

The five additional deputies needed to form a special enforcement task force for high crime areas could easily come from traffic enforcement officers. Traffic control on the island means deputies hiding behind churches on Marshland Road, bushes on William Hilton Parkway or the Cross Island Parkway, as well as other speed trap locations used daily to augment the town's coffers.

Which is more important to the council -- fighting crime or speed traps?

I think many of the perpetrators of crime on the island are well known to deputies, but they lack the manpower to investigate and run surveillance on those suspected of crimes and operate their numerous speed traps at the same time.

George Smith

Hilton Head Island

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