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Speed becoming a racing problem for some
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Jeanette Haymans said she doesn’t mind the steadily increasing amount of traffic that passes daily in front of her home on Clarktown Road.

It’s way some motorists drive that worries her.

"It’s the speeding, the speeding, the speeding," she said. "It’s nothing in the world but speed."

Haymans, who has lived on the road for 49 years, said she has had her share of troubles from drivers who go too fast and lose control on the 35 mph road, tearing up property belonging to her and others - like the bent chain link fence at a neighboring home which was hit about two weeks ago, she said.

"They got that about a week before they took out my mailbox," Haymans said. "They still can’t get nobody to come out and get them an appraisal."

The chain link fence encircling her two-acre yard has had to be replaced several times since the road was paved in 1995. Her mailbox has also seen misfortune.

"Part of the fence has been taken out five different times and the mailbox six times," she said.

The most recent incident occurred June 24, when her mailbox was again demolished by a passing driver. Haymans replaced the mailbox using what appears to be a 6 by 6 piece of timber as a post.

"I’d like to get a telephone pole to put up there," she said, "and see if that stops them."

But it isn’t just concern over her property that worries Haymans, who worked as a lunchroom manager for Bryan County schools for 16 years before retiring in 2000 to take care of her husband, Robert. A Bryan County native who was born on what is now Fort Stewart, Robert Haymans, 85, is wheelchair bound while recovering from a broken leg.

"I fear for his safety as speeders go by here," she said. "He could be sitting out here in the driveway when one of them come through here and takes out the gate and fence like they did before and take him with it. He could be killed sitting here in our driveway."

Haymans said she’s complained to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office but is unhappy with the response - but noted a new 35 mph speed limit sign was recently put up nearby and last week BCSO ran a road check near the railroad crossing not far from her home.

During the hour-long check eputies reportedly nabbed four drivers for suspended licenses and issued two tickets for seat belt violations.

BCSO Traffic Unit Commander Lt. David Blige said he was unaware of Haymans’s complaint, but said she and residents on both ends of the county should expect more law enforcement presence in the future.

"We’re going to be monitoring areas on both the South and North end of Bryan County," Blige said. "We’re going to be working it and working it hard."

Haymans, meanwhile, said she has no problems with motorists who drive on Clarktown Road.

"I don’t care if they come through here," she said. "I just want them to slow down like they should."

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