Friday, October 18, 2013
Q. Now that parking is free at the waterfront park, I wonder if the town could put some sort of sign on Patriots Point Boulevard alerting drivers to that option. There are still people parking further down the road who probably don’t know that parking is now free under the bridge. These are people who like to walk/run the bridge and often times they fling open car doors (with headphones on) and are not very aware of traffic. I would propose a sign to read: “Free parking now available under the bridge” or something to that effect, located on the side of the road next to the golf course (across from Omar Shrine Temple). - Kathy Plair, Mount Pleasant
A. “That is a good idea. We will prepare temporary signage that informs walkers, runners and cyclists of pedestrian lane access and free parking under the bridge.” - Eric DeMoura, Mount Pleasant Town Administrator
Q. There are 40 to 50 road signs in Mount Pleasant with black plastic garbage bags over them. Some have been up for months and even years, so long that the plastic is rotting away. What person/agency can be contacted to get them removed? - Pam Tisdale, Mount Pleasant
A. “There are several agencies (i.e. the town, Mount Pleasant Waterworks, SCDOT, SCE&G, etc.) or their contractors often working in the Mount Pleasant area. They are required by law to post road construction signs for the safety of the public and their workers. Near the end of projects, it may not be obvious to the general public that work is continuing as the contractor makes minor repairs or completes punch list items. The road construction signs cannot be removed until all work is completed and accepted by the governing agency. Once the work is accepted, the contractor will be given approval to remove the signage.
While the town is unaware of any bagged construction signage at this time, if a citizen has a concern over covered signs or signs not being removed upon construction completion, please call the town’s transportation department at 856-3080.” - Eric DeMoura, Mount Pleasant Town Administrator
Q. I was reading with interest in the Blotter one week about a person being pulled over twice because of lack of insurance. This was noticed by license plate cameras located on the Ravenel Bridge according to the article. I did some research and found the four permanently installed cameras on the north bound lanes coming into Mount Pleasant. My question is, are these on 24/7? How long is the data stored? How do they differentiate between the same license plate numbers from different states? How is this information used? How often are people pulled over because of alerts from these cameras? - Carl Hilton
A. “The cameras are on 24/7, unless there is a power outage or maintenance is being done on the camera system.
When there is a hit on a tag, before a stop is made; an analyst needs to visually verify the vehicle plate number matches, the plate number run by the ALPR system, including both alphanumeric characters of the license plate and the state of issuance. Then the plate is cross-checked through dispatch to verify the current status of the tag. Appropriate action will be taken once all of the information has been assessed.
The use of the ALPR system: The Mount Pleasant Police Department has available for use ALPR systems which will enhance the productivity, effectiveness and officer safety of our agency. Officers will use the information obtained through the ALPR system in a manner consistent with professional policing and only for official investigative purposes.
The statistics for the number of people pulled over by ALPR since April 2013 as reported by our traffic sergeant are: 329 Citations, 60 Recovered Suspended Tags and 14 Arrests.” - Inspector Chris Helms, Accreditation Manager/P.I.O./Inspectional Services, Mount Pleasant Police Department.
A. “The data is stored and maintained for three years. After three years it is destroyed. The cameras capture an overall image of the vehicle and the license tag. No personally identifiable information is captured - there is no close up image of the driver.”
Those images and data can be used only by law enforcement in the conducting of an ongoing investigation.
It is access restricted. It is entirely possible if someone travels that same route everyday the vehicle and tag would be captured every time they go by.” - Thom Berry, South Carolina Law Enforcement
Q. Where Porchers Bluff Road intersects Route 17 North, there are three lanes, each dedicated to a single direction. One left lane for heading south on 17, one middle lane restricted to going straight only and the right lane for heading north on 17. I do not understand why the middle lane cannot allow cars to go straight ahead and also turn left. This would only require an arrow on the pavement that includes both directions.
At the moment, the left turning lane is usually backed up to the end of it while the middle lane has only one or two cars in it, and, in most cases, these cars turn left rather than getting in the already long wait line. With three lanes going south on Route 17, it makes sense to me that there be two lanes allowing a left turn. - Denny Ciganovic, Mount Pleasant
A. “The town is not aware of any operational issues or unreasonable delays associated with the left-turn from Porchers Bluff onto US 17. In addition to pavement marking, signing and signal head modifications, the suggested left-through movement for the middle lane would also require that each side street approach to US 17 have its own separate phase, which would be less efficient than current operations. Town staff will monitor the timing allocation to make sure the side street vehicles can generally clear during each cycle.” - Brad Morrison, Director of Transportation, Town of Mount Pleasant