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Coosaw Island Man Fights For Safety After He Says Thieves Stole Speed Limit Sign

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

A Coosaw Island man is fighting for safer roads in his neighborhood, ever since he says vandals stole their speed limit sign on SC 802.

At the foot of the bridge from Lady's Island to Coosaw Island, traffic coming onto the island passes Stanley Lawson's front yard.

Lawson says speeders come by in excess of 55 mph, when the speed limit sign just yards away used to warn drivers not to exceed 35 mph.

Now, Lawson feels threatened by the traffic just outside his door.

"We've had one death and one serious accident within 200 yards of my house," Lawson says.

He says thieves stole the sign posted directing traffic to keep at the rate of 35 mph beyond the bridge over Coosaw River.

"A few months ago, it disappeared and we haven't been able to get it back," he says.

His next step was to contact the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to request a replacement sign. However, there's still no trace of the sign, nearly half a year later.

"Now, we've got cars doing 60 across here," he says.

He fears the speeding traffic from his driveway. He says it's become dangerous to do daily tasks, like check the mail.

"It only takes one car doing 60 or 70 miles an hour coming across that bridge to kill you. Fifty feet back in the woods, we found a guy dead from a wreck. We had a serious accident. The guy didn't get killed, but we found him hanging in a tree," he lists.

SCDOT says they are looking into replacing the sign to deter speeders, but it can be a lengthy process. They say it's not uncommon for signs to be stolen, and it costs little to replace them.

However, the fine of getting caught stealing them is costly. The maximum penalty is $2100, and 30 days in jail.

Lawson is still just hoping an added sign will make a difference in the dangerous traffic he faces.

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