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Features : Letters to Editor Last Updated: Sep 5, 2012 - 10:38:14 AM


Letter to the Editor - September 6, 2012
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Sep 5, 2012 - 10:36:46 AM

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Curb speeding on Brady Street
Since crime deterrent has been the topic of discussion on Daniel Island recently, it is worthwhile discussing another type of real danger.
Brady Street is an atypical neighborhood street by design.  Long, straight and flat, this one half-mile stretch of road apparently poses an irresistible temptation to speeders. There are no engineered deterrents, like curves or reversed camber banking. The posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
Brady Street, with a long history of multiple accidents, is easily accessed from Bishop England High School and nearby apartments. It provides a shortcut without the stoplights of Seven Farms Drive to Daniel Island Drive. From there, it’s a quick left turn to head out to North Charleston via Daniel Island Drive or over to Fairchild Street in order to travel to Mount Pleasant. A right hand turn and you are on your way to the library, school, churches, offices or Daniel Island shopping. Large, commercial vehicles, as well as private ones, have discovered this and constantly use our street as a shortcut.  During the past 14 years, traffic traveling above the speed limit in and out of Brady Street has increased significantly. However, it needs to remain a “through” street for the convenience of those of us who live in the Etiwan Park Neighborhood.
Speeders on Brady Street aren’t a new issue. We have complained to law enforcement for years. However, each time officers write tickets or set up a speed reader, people criticize them and say they should be out fighting crime.  Aren’t speeding and running stop signs crimes, too? According to statistics, vehicle traffic kills thousands more people yearly than guns or narcotics combined.  
Parking our cars on the street to deter speeders isn’t safe either especially when walking between them to the mailbox, to speak with a neighbor, retrieve a trash can or if a child pursues a ball. At a high rate of speed, the drivers leave no safety margin for cyclists, pedestrians with strollers or pets being walked. It’s ironic that such a street within a planned Neo-Classical community where pedestrian traffic is encouraged isn’t safe because of speeders.  
We are appreciative of those who observe the speed limit, stop signs and give wide berth to the child wobbling on his bike, the dog who hasn’t been reeled in quickly enough on his leash and the pedestrian who misjudges the distance of an oncoming vehicle because he is up in years. Thank you for being good neighbors!  
However, neighbors, City Council, Charleston’s Department of Traffic and Transportation; and law enforcement must work together effectively to change the speeding “culture” of this street permanently before a tragedy happens.  When a child is injured or killed it will be too late. What are we going to do about this problem?  This is not big government stepping in; it’s a safety matter. We need to protect lives by making the flow of traffic a safe 25 miles per hour with neighborhood stop signs observed instead of ignored.  
Carolyn Reuther
Daniel Island
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