Stop the high risks of high-speed chases

This was the grim scene following a high-speed police chase in Horry County in 2010.

I need to preface my remarks by saying that I have always been a supporter of law enforcement in our community and that I have a great deal of respect for what they do and the difficulty of their jobs.

That being said, I feel the need to say that with regard to the practice of conducting high- speed chases, enough is more than enough.

It is way past time to discontinue this incredibly dangerous practice, particularly during rush hour on our congested highways. How many people will have to die, to be disabled, or to face the stress of having to replace their personal property?

On March 11, I received a call just after 5 p.m. from my daughter who was returning from volunteering time as a guardian ad litem.

She was extremely shaken by nearly facing death — death due to a suspect and a number of police officers on I-26 speeding between her and the wall next to the lane that she was in.

I am still thanking the good Lord that the call that I received wasn’t to tell me that my one-year-old grandson, whom I was babysitting, had lost his mom due to the insanity of a senseless high-speed chase.

This must stop!

If our local police departments don’t have a policy that makes sense and protects the public from this danger then they need to make it a priority to put one together.

If they don’t want to do it, then maybe we need something from the General Assembly.

Every department has radios. Radios can be used to set up roadblocks or to head off suspects.

Sometimes the potential carnage on our highways outweighs the need to catch a suspect.

Mayors and county councils, you must do something, now!

Now, before you get the same call that I got on Monday.

Cheryll Woods-Flowers

Old Village Lane

Mount Pleasant

Cheryll Woods-Flowers was mayor of Mount Pleasant from 1992-2000.