SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Most of the changes made in Surfside Beach recently have with parking, but the town council just voted to lower the speed limit on Ocean Blvd. to 25 mph.
WMBF News looked at the records, and there has been an average of about 5 accidents on the boulevard every year. Police do consider that to be a big number, considering there's only a two-mile stretch of roadway in Surfside Beach.
People who live in Surfside say they're not surprised.
"Some people come down here on vacation and they just pretend like they're cattle," said Johann Jones, a Surfside Beach resident. "They forget how to cross the street. They just walk right into the street, they don't turn their head left and right, and I've almost ran over people on the boulevard many a times."
During the summer months, there is a dangerous mix on the roads between the pedestrians, bikers, cars and golf carts. This mix has caused 15 accidents on Ocean in just the past 3 years.
The Parking Committee feels by lowering the speed limit, they will lower the chance that more accidents will happen in the busiest part of the town. This will force drivers to drive safely, and give them more time to react.
Even though the parking committee recommended this change for safety reasons, there is no date set on when the speed limit will be enforced.
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