|Southern Shores Police Department|
EyeonDare polled four of the five members of the town council and each one said the decision was made in an attempt to insure more safety for pedestrians who needed to cross the highway, especially during the tourist season. However, it is an accepted fact that it is almost impossible to travel 35 mph during the peak season anyway.
So, the question needs to be asked, "Could the town insure better pedestrian safety if they enforced the speed limit that is already in effect?" Town records also show that the police department issued 302 warning tickets for the same 11 month period, but even that figure equates to less than one warning ticket per day.
Given the above figures, and assuming the police department is doing a commendable job of patrolling the highway, it appears to EyeonDare that the residents and tourist who drive through the town are doing a spectacular job of obeying the traffic laws. So, why the worry about pedestrians?
Well, according to what EyeonDare has been able to find out, the push to lower the speed limit was put forward by the freshman councilman, Larry Lawhon and backed by Mayor Hal Denny, who said he had been wanting to lower the speed limit for some time. Councilmen George Kowalski and Dave Sanders chimed in and only Councilwoman Jodi Hess voted "Nay". Hess said she wanted the town to look into what other measures could be taken to insure pedestrian safety before making the move to lower the speed limit, especially during the off season.
Meanwhile, the Town of Southern Shores has joined Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills in what appears to be heaping punishment upon off-season travelers in Dare County. Go figure.
(statistical source: http://www.tosspd.com/Statistics.html