Smalls makes big news

Archie Smalls' exploits in the car business, from starting a dealership in Berkeley County to writing self-help books, continue to grow.

Most recently, the Moncks Corner native joined the sales team at Stokes Volkswagen.

Travis Westbury, general manager of the dealership on Ashley Phosphate Road, said he's pleased to announce that Smalls has come onboard.

"Archie has a legendary reputation in retail automotive sales," Westbury said. "Being a top performer and producer, we believe he will be a great addition to the team here."

Smalls first got involved in the car trade in 1979. He opened Smalls Auto Sales in 1996, running the pre-owned car outfit until the late 2000s. He's held a number of auto sales positions in the Charleston area since then.

Two of his books pertain to the car business.

In 2007, Smalls co-authored "Stay Driven: Inspirational Guidelines for Success" with Cheryl Ludlam. Then three years ago, he penned "Move Forward: Position Yourself To Success."

Along with his automotive background, Smalls considers himself a motivator and mentor. "On behalf of everyone here, I welcome you to Stokes VW," Westbury said.

To reach Smalls, call 843-754-3999 or contact the dealership at 843-767-2525.

Caught in a (speed) trap

South Carolina isn't free-wheeling by any means, but neither is it a non-stop highway dragnet.

That's based on a driver advocacy group's recent findings on speed traps nationwide.

The National Motorists Association ranked states in terms of which ones run the most speed traps as well as listing them in order of road user fee collections.

According to the NMA, "The 15 states that run the most speed traps and collect the most road user fees - both at rates more than three times the average of the other 35 states - tend to have fewer restrictions on how they spend that money."

South Carolina didn't place near the lead in either category. According to the group's findings, there were 9 speed traps per thousand lane miles in the state, placing 27th highest. Meanwhile, authorities in South Carolina collected $5,696 in road user fees per lane mile in 2011 to rank 18th least expensive. The association also doled out grades on the "extent to which road user-fees are applied to highways." South Carolina scored a "C."

According to the motorists organization, New Jersey ranked worst in speed traps with 32.6 per 1,000 lane miles, while Hawaii had the highest total of road user fees per mile at $45,968. For more, visit www.motorists.org.