Chief: New Ellenton no speed trap

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- New Ellenton has not turned into a speed trap, says Police Chief Johnny Hamilton, refuting a recent allegation that 1,500 tickets had been issued in one month in the 2,234-person town.

There were only 146 infractions last month, according to municipal court docket listings for the town, located just south of the city of Aiken.

The charges are mostly speeding violations but also include assault and battery, driving under the influence, malicious injury to real property and other charges. In October there were 195 citations, and in September, there were 82, according to records.

In fact, added Hamilton, “I’d challenge anyone, if they got a ticket in New Ellenton for less than 5 mph (over the speed limit), I’ll pay it for them.”

An accusation that the police department had issued 1,500 speeding tickets appeared on the public forum page of a local publication. The individual who posted the complaint also alleged the citations were a department effort to collect revenue.

But Hamilton, chief since 2006, said only about 30 percent of a $180 ticket actually ends up in municipal coffers, and the rest is sent to the state.

Sarita Chourey can be reached at (803) 727-4257 or sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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Just My Opinion 12/04/08 - 05:29 pm
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Right or wrong, New Ellenton

Right or wrong, New Ellenton has been slapped with the label of being a speed trap just like Augusta has been slapped with the undeserving label of "Disgusta"! It will take a looooooooooooong time for that label to wear out and be forgotten. But, as far as the tickets go, I'd like to know WHERE in New Ellenton the majority of those speeding infractions were committed? I think that would go a long way in defining the accusations. Personally, whenever I drive through New Ellenton (which isn't very often), I have my cruise control on, and have yet to see any of the cars speeding by me get pulled over.

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oldenuff2nobetter 12/04/08 - 06:14 pm
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New Ellenton not so bad. You

New Ellenton not so bad. You should go through Saluda, SC.

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MaryPlayer 12/04/08 - 10:24 pm
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Or Batesburg, Pelion, Red

Or Batesburg, Pelion, Red Bank, Salley, Wagener, Ridge Spring, Center Community all in SC. Gehard, Hiltonia, Sardis, Millen, Midville, Newington, Effingham, Alma all in Ga. Just to name a few. But I must say New Ellenton is a BAD, BAD, BAD town. Drugs, prostitution and gangs. I do not travel to or through that town. It has gotten to seedy for me.

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