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Abbeville County Council Votes to Add Speed Limits on Hundreds of Roads

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Abbeville County Council approved a new ordinance Monday night providing speed limits to the nearly 160 miles of roadway that don't have one. Abbeville County Council approved a new ordinance Monday night providing speed limits to the nearly 160 miles of roadway that don't have one.
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It's a sore spot for John Rawski.

“All these people are driving like lunatics up and down this dirt road," said Rawski.

He's called the Sheriff's Office before on drivers tearing through the road where he teaches his grandnephews to ride bikes.

“I've taken down license numbers when it's gotten ridiculous," said Rawski.

He lives on one of the 267 roads in Abbeville County with no speed limit, but that's about to change.

Abbeville County Council approved a new ordinance Monday night providing speed limits to the nearly 160 miles of roadway that don't have one.

The new ordinance calls for limits of 20 miles an hour on unpaved roads, 25 on paved dead-end roads and 40 on paved through-roads.

But which roads actually get speed limit signs will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Abbeville County Council member James McCord said through-roads and roads with a large numbers of houses will likely be higher priorities.

“You know how budgets are nowadays. Everybody's pinching every penny that we possibly can to try to keep down costs," said McCord.

Rawski said he thinks a sign would help on his street.

“At least somebody can't be ignorant of the law with a sign there," said Rawski.

Unless that happens, he's going to be relying on the “Slow, Children At Play” sign he put up to protect his family.

Here's what speeding on these roads could cost you: If you're less than 10 miles an hour above the limit, you can be fined $15-25. If you're 10-15 miles an hour over, it could cost you $25-50.

Going 15-25 over could set you back $50-75. Speeding more than 25 miles an hour over the limit could cost you up to $200 or 30 days behind bars.

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