Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill Police: 'Slow down, or else'

Speeders beware: the Fort Mill Police Department plans to start cracking down on traffic scofflaws.

"Most of the (homeowners association) meetings I go to, the discussion reverts back to speeding," Fort Mill Lt. Ray Dixon said.

Dixon is the department's crime prevention officer. He was assigned the task of coordinating with neighborhoods and businesses in town to address crime concerns, including where weaknesses exist in their current crime prevention measures. He has been meeting with HOAs throughout town and assisting them in setting up neighborhood watches.

The department has been getting lots of complaints about speeding in neighborhoods, spokesman Capt. Bryan Zachary said. Police plan to use those complaints along with traffic accident reports and data from the department's radar trailer to determine where to focus traffic enforcement efforts to combat speeding throughout town.

Also, the department will be supplying the Fort Mill Times with information about where those efforts will be focused each week for publication.

"By giving a warning, we hope that in itself will help," Dixon said. "The idea is to make proactive changes to deal with the problems."

Speeding complaints are coming from all over town, he said. A lot of the problems are reported on neighborhood streets, though the department also gets complaints of speeding on larger arterial roads.

"It's all over," Dixon said of the complaint locations. "We're going to be in neighborhoods and on major streets."

Residents concerned about speeders on their streets can contact the department at 547-2022 to register a complaint.

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