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10/21/03

Residents Say Speeding Trucks Are Dangerous

Some of the 18 wheelers going back and forth to dirt pits near Bells Ferry Road didn't seem to be going faster than the 35 mile speed limit. But we noticed the drivers slow down when they saw our camera.

"Any other time they would be zooming back and forth here," resident Mary Bond said.

That's what worries these women. They're afraid someone is going to get killed. Bond is collecting signatures in a petition asking county supervisors to do something.

"The main people that are on here are the people that live in this area and that travel this road."

Tiffany Vinson lives just off Bells Ferry. Last month she pulled her car in front of a Holden Construction Company truck.

"We were trying to stop the trucks to get tag numbers and names, like we were told to do by their trucking company. They stopped cause I pulled my car in the middle of the road asking for a tag and a name, and he said 'I don't have no name' and very rudely rolled the window up," Vinson said.

The company signed disturbing the peace and obstructing traffic charges against Vinson. The same day the company got a restraining order against her and four other people. The women have called the sheriff's department several times about the trucks.

"I had an incident on the bridge myself personally. 22 trucks passed us in 25 minutes back and forth on this road. Eight of them, the deputy that was with me said, 'yes they were speeding' but he couldn't prove that cause of lack of radar," Bond said.

Sheriff George Payne says more deputies are watching the area, but without radar, he says it's hard to enforce the speed limit on county roads.

W.C. Fore and Holden Construction Company are two of many companies whose trucks travel Bells Ferry and connecting roads. They both told us their drivers obey the law, don't speed, and are not creating any kind of hazard.

byMarcia Hill

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