Indian Beach police report more speeding on Highway 58

Traffic moves along Highway 58 into Indian Beach Friday. Police in the Bogue Banks town report a 39% increase in speeding violations in recent months. (Mike Shutak photo)

INDIAN BEACH — Speed limits have been lowered on Bogue Banks, and Indian Beach Police are seeing more speeding as a result.

The Indian Beach Board of Commissioners met Wednesday for its regular meeting in the town hall boardroom on Salter Path Road. During the meeting, Police Chief William Pollock informed the board the department is requesting the N.C. Department of Transportation equip speed limit signs with built-in speedometers that display an approaching vehicle’s speed. Town police are making the request to try to encourage drivers on Highway 58 to slow down.

This year, the NCDOT granted Pine Knoll Shores a request to lower speed limit in that town from 45 mph in the shoulder season and 35 mph year-round along Highway 58. In 2020, the state granted the same request to Atlantic Beach.

“Since they’ve done that, there’s been a 39 percent  increase in speeding violations (in Indian Beach),” Chief Pollock said Wednesday.   

The speed limit in Indian Beach on Highway 58 is 35 mph, and with the changes in Pine Knoll Shores and Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle is the last place on Bogue Banks with a 45 mph speed limit.

In other news at Wednesday’s meeting, town manager Tim White informed the board during there are only two capital projects remaining to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement. Mr. White said the town should have the projects finished by September.

“As soon as we get them finished, I’ll file for reimbursement,” Mr. White told the News-Times Thursday.

One project is getting a new ambulance for the fire department. It has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive in August. The other project is to replace the existing wooden public works building next to town hall with a metal building.

The following also occurred at Wednesday’s meeting:

·     The board unanimously approved a resolution to consolidate the town code pertaining to the fire department. These changes add duties for the fire chief and fire marshal, as well as add language pertaining to fire prevention and safety.

·     The board unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a revised land-use ordinance. The ordinance was revised to comply with N.C. General Statute 160D.

·     The board unanimously adopted a resolution accepting funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act and designate the town manager to oversee the funds. Indian Beach is scheduled to receive $30,000.

·     The board unanimously approved a lease for air packs for the fire department.

·     The board unanimously adopted a $64,000 amendment to the fiscal 2020-21 budget. The amendment records sales tax and emergency medical services billing overages.

·     The board unanimously declared several police radios and associated equipment as surplus.

·     Commissioner Joel Fortune nominated resident Suzanne Knight to the town planning board. Commissioners unanimously appointed Ms. Night.

·     Fire Chief Joshua Harraway informed the board his department is due to receive a state Insurance Services Office inspection, which will determine the town’s ISO rating, in October. A town’s rating is used to determine fire insurance rates.

·     The board unanimously approved minutes from the regular board meeting June 9.

 

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-723-7353, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

(3) comments

David Collins

So you lowered the speed limit to 35mph and you are wondering why folks exceed that . Really ? It is too low a speed limit , duh !

Here in the BORO they did the same thing and guess what , most nobody pays it any mind and the odds of being pulled over for speeding are quite slim indeed . A well known fact that it is just a suggestion like the stop lights are . Gotta love what well intended folks do .

Jackie Gleason

Have to agree with "Mr. Collins" on this one. This is a not a news story. You lower the speed limit for the first summer and....guess what you are going to experience. Just go out on Rt. 24......35MPH....nobody does it and it is a joke. Even the cops do 45-50MPH. Not saying the speed limit should not be 35MPH....ever try to walk over one of the BORO bridges and you are taking your life in your hands. If there is going to be a 35MPH speed limit then enforce. You'll make a lot of revenue for the town you are in. Maybe we can get the sidewalks in the BORO that were cut from the budget if we put a couple of well placed police cars at Willis's....and just rack up the speeding fines from all the nice New York and New Jersey cars? Come to think of it, Indian Beach wants bike paths right....forget the electronic signs on 58....cha-ching!

David Collins

Happened to be at the commissioners meeting when the 35mph speed limit change was announced for the BORO . The police chief was specifically asked if he and his crew were willing and able to enforce the 35mph limit . The reply was YES . Well , guess we all have seen what yes means . Once again , just like the stop lights only a suggestion , not to be taken seriously .

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