Mike Morgan has lived near Stewartsville Road for nearly 40 years and has seen several people drive over the speed limit of 55 miles per hour. He says it doesn’t make him feel safe when he sees people driving too fast.
“It’s a road that quite a few accidents occur on,” said Morgan. “I try to do all my things I do during the daytime and try to stay off the road at night.”
That’s why he was happy to hear the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to accept two grants from the Department of Motor Vehicles that could make the roads safer.
One grants is for more than $10,000 dollars and will go towards overtime for sheriff deputies to patrol the roads. The seconds grant is worth more than $35,000 dollars, and will pay for radar equipment, cameras, and manpower.
Major Ricky Gardner with the Sheriff’s Office says speeding has been a big issue in the county especially on secondary roads.
“It kills, speeding kills. Over the last 10 years in Bedford County we’ve lost a number of our high school students,” said Gardner. “We’ve had a lot of extra patrol requests from people in subdivisions stating that they’re having speeding problems in their neighborhoods and we’d like to go into those neighborhoods.”
Morgan hopes this makes people more aware when they get behind the wheel.
The county will be able to use the grant starting October 1st.
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