Richmond County law enforcement officials say they will review and possibly dismiss speeding tickets issued on River Watch Parkway during a period when the speed limit was incorrectly posted.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree consulted State Court Solicitor Kellie McIntyre about the issue, and they agreed “that each ticket will be reviewed for the possibility of a resolution that may result in a dismissal or a reduction in the severity of the fine,” according to a statement released by sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew.
Last week officials acknowledged that the speed limit on a portion of River Watch was marked incorrectly for several months.
During that period, Richmond County sheriff’s officers issued an unknown number of tickets to motorists for violating the posted 45 mph limit. Officials said the limit should have been 55 mph. It was changed in error by a contractor working on improvements to the Augusta Canal towpath.
Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said the contractor in charge of the project had authorization from the Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph, but only during specific hours and under certain conditions.
According to a plan approved by the DOT, the speed limit could be reduced between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., but not during peak traffic times, such as when drivers were leaving work.
Cassell said he learned on June 3 that the speed limit was wrongly posted and informed project managers of the error. The 45 mph signs were covered the same day, officials said.
Chew said officials have not determined how many tickets deputies issued while the speed limit signs were wrong. He said drivers who received a speeding ticket on River Watch should contact Richmond County State Court to see about having their tickets reviewed.
McIntyre did not return a message left at her office Monday seeking more information.