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Officials will review River Watch speeding tickets

Monday, June 24, 2013 12:17 PM
Last updated 7:21 PM
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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.

DID YOU GET A SPEEDING TICKET?

Drivers who think they might have been incorrectly ticketed for speeding on River Watch Parkway should call the State Court Solicitor’s office at (706) 821-1220.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/13 - 12:24 pm
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Thank you, Sheriff Roundtree.

Thank you, Sheriff Roundtree. It's great to see someone taking the bull by the horns and doing the right thing.

kmb413
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kmb413 06/24/13 - 01:17 pm
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Good

I travel this route everyday to and from work. I noticed on the way to work one morning (shortly after operation rolling thunder started) multiple police units pulling cars over and made note not to speed in the afternoon. I figured it was part of the operation. When the speed limit was changed back (shortly after the operation ended) I thought, what a coincidence.

useful
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useful 06/24/13 - 06:06 pm
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I drove this route recently

I drove this route recently and saw the 45 mph sign and reduced my speed. if the signs say 45 that is the speed you should travel,
the fines should stick.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/24/13 - 06:23 pm
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not if the signs were no legal in the first place.

As judged by the solicitors...they were wrong and they know it.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 06/24/13 - 08:13 pm
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Good For You

Useful, glad you didn't get a ticket but have a heart for others who maybe didn't notice the sign. Like you I did notice all the people getting pulled over and kept a check on my speed but either way the speed limit for Riverwatch is slow enough at 55. It was originally built to get people from Martinez to downtown quicker before they put all those red lights at the Martinez end..I am happy if they give these people a break.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/25/13 - 07:11 am
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And this all depends

... on the honesty of the Solicitor's Office to do the right thing?

Mwah-hah-ha!

resident
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resident 06/25/13 - 08:23 am
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Roudtree

He was the one that said he would not review them... I know what it is he realized re-election is coming and his image would be further tarnished.

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