Motorists in Surfside Beach should prepare to drive a little bit slower on Ocean Boulevard.
Town Council voted Tuesday night to lower the speed limit on that road from 30 mph to 25 mph. No date has been given for when the lower limit will be in effect.
Mayor Doug Samples and council members Ann Dodge, Randle Stevens and Beth Kohlmann voted in favor of the lower limit.
Stevens said he drove along Ocean Boulevard at both speeds and couldn’t notice a difference, but said it could lead to improved safety.
Samples said the lower speed may not be obvious while driving, but it would be if there were a crash.
“There’s a definite difference between hitting something at 25 mph and 30 mph,” he said.
Councilman Rod Smith voted against the change.
“I understand there are safety issues,” he said. “If we’re concerned about the speed we need to enforce the 30 mph.”
He worried the lower speed would mean setting a speed trap.
“We don’t want to be a speed trap where we set a 25 mph [speed limit] and people drive down [Ocean] Boulevard and are getting tickets,” he said. “They’re already hating us for getting parking tickets.”
A specific date when the lower speed will be enforced was not announced Tuesday night.