Concerns of motorists speeding through downtown Tryon were raised again at a recent council meeting. About a year ago officials placed a digital speed sign that alerted motorists to their speed. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

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Downtown speeding a problem in Tryon

Published 2:21pm Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Speeding enforcement in downtown Tryon could be increased after concerns were raised at a council meeting last week.

Tryon Town Council met Nov. 20 and heard from commissioner George Baker that he has concerns about drivers speeding downtown.

“I continue to have concerns about people zipping downtown,” Baker said. “We’ve got to do something about this. I have nightmares about somebody getting whacked.”

Tryon Town Manager Caitlin Martin said that she and police chief Jeff Arrowood have discussed signs that go in crosswalks stating drivers should stop for pedestrians, which is state law.

Baker said he doesn’t have a problem with installing signs but he’d also like to see a few tickets going out.

“No warnings,” Baker said.

Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples said another possibility is to have more marked crosswalks like Landrum and Hendersonville. Landrum recently marked downtown crosswalks with stamped concrete that looks like brick.

“You can see from a distance that it’s a crosswalk,” Peoples said.

Commissioner Doug Arbogast said he’d very much like to see the signs at the crosswalks.

“If someone gets hit in one of those crosswalks it’s going to look cheap to have one of those signs,” Baker added.

The speed limit in downtown Tryon is 20 mph and the issue of speeding downtown has come up in council meetings throughout the years. The N.C. Department of Transportation installed crosswalk signs a couple of years ago, but they haven’t seemed to deter speeding through town.




    “Speeding a problem in Tryon”? Your city is not alone. Speeding is a life threatening issue and it runs unchecked through Polk County. As a resident/business owner in Saluda I have sat on my porch with public officials and watched cars and trucks race up Greenville Street as if it were the back stretch at Talladega. The posted speed limit sign at the foot of the hill reads “25mph”and it would be my guess that the majority are traveling closer to 45 or 50.

    A few years back a small child was thrown from a truck and killed on this very street. An accident that may have been less tragic had the driver been observing the speed limit. Neighborhood pets don’t stand a chance and I have cleaned many of their bloody bodies from the roadway.

    This area is recognized for it’s slower pace and attracts cyclists and hikers by the hundreds. We need to protect our lifestyle and our guests and “Slow the Truck Down”.

    What will it take? Heightened local enforcement? County or State intervention. Increased signage? Speed bumps? Another death?

  • concerned citizen1280

    I for one am all for obeying speed limits and and following the law but there’s a bigger concern in Tryon than jay-walking or speeding or even Morris the horse being gone for too long. Drugs are running rampant. Maybe its b/c everyone turns a blind eye. I have made several calls for the last year and a half about it going on and was told it would be looked into. Nothing. Had an ex member of the police force even tell me they had picked up someone only to find out later that it wasn’t true. There was so much traffic that as we sat down to eat at Thanksgiving we were embarrassed that our family looked out the window and saw someone was dealing at the house next door. This is not in the “bad” part of town either. This is 1000ft right outside of Gillete Woods. I took pictures, I have taken down tag numbers, I have called and to no avail. Talked to landlords. nothing. even asked for a patrol to just swing through on our dead end road and still nothing. funny thing is that after I call it suddenly goes silent at the drug dealers home for several weeks and then starts right back up. So while speeding and jay-walking may seem like this huge thing, Tryon isn’t Mayberry. We need to fight this drug problem and need some help when asked for.

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