Our esteemed leaders have created a death trap for the residents of Bluffton and Hilton Head Island by increasing U.S. 278's speed limit to 55 mph.
They failed to understand that most of the visitors and tourists that come to our area exit from I-95, where they were driving 75 mph. People feel that five or so miles over a speed limit is acceptable because of the five-mile possibility of error on speed meters. Also, they are used to driving at high speeds on interstate highways and fail to reduce their speed when getting on U.S. 278.
I drive U.S. 278 every day and find that most drivers are exceeding 60 mph all the time. Most of the license plates are from out of state. This has already caused many accidents and several fatalities that should and must be controlled. How?
The state should reduce the speed on U.S. 278 to 45 mph, increase police patrols and give out pricey tickets to discourage speeders.
Drivers find themselves increasing their own speed when other cars are passing them. I myself am guilty of this and try my best to stay within the speed limit when driving on U.S. 278.
The Bluffton and Hilton Head areas are a major tourist destination, and we welcome these people to come and enjoy what we have to enjoy all the time. Let's make sure that they spend it on the beach and not in a hospital.