Troopers start another Backgate speed crackdown

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Getting stuck at the light at Myrtle Beach's Backgate is frustrating, but troopers with South Carolina's Highway Patrol are warning drivers who speed there to slow down or pay up.

Highway Patrol Spokesman Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins says troopers are focusing on the Backgate because more traffic is flowing through the area because of Bike Week. That combines with the safety risk for crews working on the construction project.

"Not only may [speeders] run off the road and hit some equipment, but you also have some construction workers nearby," said Collins.

That project has construction workers practically in the roadway at times. Collins says the reduced speed zone and posted 45 mph speed limit is aimed at keeping those workers safe.

"I don't want to get slapped with a ticket, but I want to be safe for the workers as well," said Anita Campbell.

Some drivers say they're noticing the increase in patrols and they think that's slowing people down.

"Drivers are slowing more so now than before. I think once the presence is there and they're aware of it they'll slow down," said driver Gary Mantello.

Collins wants drivers to know troopers are out sporadically and several are assigned specifically to the Backgate area. He says even when Bike Week is over, troopers will be in the area through the duration of the construction project.

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