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Portable Radar Set Up Near Anderson Schools

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Radar being moved to schools to slow down speeders. Radar being moved to schools to slow down speeders.

Schools attract a lot of traffic most of the year, but during summer months Anderson County Deputies say less traffic means drivers move faster and they forget the speed limits.

"The speed limits have not changed because it's summer time," says Sergeant Terry Porter with Anderson County Sheriff's Office Community Services Unit.

The Community Service Unit is getting their portable radar charged so they can take it to Hood Road in Powdersville in an effort to slow drivers down. Powedersville Elementary, Middle School and High School are all on that road. Deputies say they went to the area and found people going 50 MPH on the 35 MPH road.

"They speed up and down this road all the time," says Wilson Smith, who lives on Hood Road.

Smith says watching kids and animals in the area is a constant concern and hopes portable radar reminds people to slow down.

The radar unit will stay on Hood Road for several days before it will be taken to another school area. The plan is to remind people to slow down before school starts. Deputies hope this proactive deterant will slow people down and change driving habits too.

"Saving lives is our number one goal," Sgt. Porter says.

Anderson County Sheriff's Office does take request for where the unit should be moved to. To put in a request you can find their online form by clicking here.

Greenville City also has radar that will be moved to school areas as school begins. Spartanburg County does not have a portable radar but they will increase patrols at the beginning of the year.

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