Bowman Council Discusses Broad Street Speeding Issues

September 18, 2013

How to stop speeding on one of Bowman’s most heavily used roads? That is a question the Bowman City Council is trying to answer.

Several Bowman city residents have went before council expressing concerns about speeding on Broad Street in the past, and it is an issue that is being addressed.

Bowman City Councilman Pete Gibbons suggested getting with Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews about cracking down on speeding in the city.

“I think what we should seriously do is sit down with Sheriff Andrews, like they did up in Canon, GA”, said Gibbons. “There is a reason people don’t speed going through that area, because they know they are going to get a ticket when going through there if they are speeding.”

Bowman Mayor Pamela Johnson echoed the same sentiment, but said the city needs to be mindful of its reputation.

“We have to balance that, as we don’t want to be known as a speed trap either”, said Mayor Johnson. “We have to slow people down, because we can’t buy a sign for every stretch of road leading into Bowman, with that regard the only thing we can do is talk to the sheriff, which we have done a few times already.”

A Georgia DOT study was conducted a few months ago about a way to handle the speeding, According to Mayor Johnson, but as of Monday evening, nothing has been done as a result of that study.

Mayor Johnson said the DOT is expected to be in Bowman in the coming weeks to conduct another study to try and find a solution to the issue.