Defends Blaney Speed Ordinance

Traveling Man Says Safety of Children Requires Control Over Traffic.

To the Editor of The State:

I notice with interest in the State a letter from Mr. R. W. Crosland of this city relative to Blaney enforcing the speed law which they have seen fit to enter on their statues, and while the write does not know anything about the particular incident of which Mr. Crosland writes, he knows that he has been travelling in South Carolina for 18 years, 11 years of this travel was made in and car, and during that time I have had occasion to pas through Blaney several hundred times, and Have never been accosted by a traffic cop, although I often see him on duty.

Allow me to say that I do know of my own knowledge that there is a school building right beside the highway, where a great many little children attend school, and beside that, on going north on this same highway, there is an, imporanting crossing the Jefferson Davis highway, and I, being the father of three children attending school, know exactly how the citizens of Blaney feel as to the safety of their children. Furthermore, it appears to me that Blaney would have as much right to make laws in keeping with the constitution of South Carolina as any other city or village in the state, and most certainly are within their rights to enforce the laws according to their own judgement.

I am a member of Post B. T. P. A., my number is 210-567, I travel from 300 to 400 miles each week, and meet cars running so fast that if the least thing were to happen to either of the approaching cars, almost instant death would take place. All persons are not dispositioned alike, and I feel that if Blaney or any other small village or town sees fit to protect themselves against the danger of speeding cars, that is their right and privilege, and too, I do believe that a newspaper as well as a department of the state could make a serious impression on those that are inclined to run their cars too fast by semmingling upholding the drivers of cars and attempting to belittle the small towns.

Blaney warns all drivers of cars in plenty of time with a well exposed sign before entering the town limits, telling them when they enter the limits and what the law is, and it does seem to me that nay driver of a car that can read would have plenty of time to slow up and respect the law. The law is a great thing and should be respected, and those that are inclined to disrespect it should be taught differently. If all the laws of all the villages and towns, as well as the whole state, were obeyed as to speed there would be no necessity of so many accident is wholly unavoidable. As you know we could leave earlier or get there later; some of us are not going to do much when we do arrive, so why kick on poor little Blaney?

A. Z. Bunch.
2318 Park Street, Columbia.

November 23, 1927  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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