Picture this: You are home from another day at work and heading out for a stroll around your neighborhood with your family.

Instead of the occasional resident’s vehicle passing by, you are confronted with a steady stream of traffic. You realize that your quiet neighborhood has turned into a traffic bypass because the nearby highway has once again become congested during rush hour.

This is the time of day when children are out playing, people are walking their pets and your neighbors could be out for a walk or jog.

Or children could be waiting for the school bus in the dark while morning rush hour traffic is backed up. This creates an unsafe situation for school children. No driver would want to endanger a child, but it could very well happen.

Residential streets are made for homes and families. Many cut-through drivers barely slow for stop signs, showing little regard for people who live on these streets.

This potentially dangerous situation came to a head for three neighborhoods, including King’s Grant. Dorchester County Council reacted by passing an ordinance prohibiting drive-through traffic there during rush hours. It is Ordinance No. 07-03. Appropriate signs are posted at every entrance.

The council stepped up and supported the idea that communities are for the wellbeing of their residents. That wellbeing is a crucial part of our Lowcountry way of life.

As more people move here, it is imperative that our elected officials keep residential neighborhoods safe and see that streets are used as they were intended.

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We understand all too well the increasing congestion on Dorchester Road. All we are asking is for drivers to respect our families’ homes and streets and resist the temptation to misuse fellow citizens’ neighborhoods as shortcuts.

Rick Dandridge

King’s Grant Homeowners Association

White Heron Lane

Summerville

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