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Rankin Co. Resident Videotapes Careless Drivers

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PEARL, Miss. - A Rankin County residents decides to take matters in to his own hands when he catches, on camera, multiple drivers blowing through a stop sign in his neighborhood. "One of these days a child is going to get hurt," says Aaron Webb, who lives in the Live Oaks Subdivision.
He's posted video online of the Oak Ridge Way and Water Oak Cove intersection.

"Maybe we could get these roads repaved and maybe put some speed bumps here at the stops signs," says Webb.

We went to Rankin County Board of Supervisor's Attorney Craig Slay for answers. Slay declined to go on camera, but told us speed bumps are not an option because they could be a hazard to emergency response times. 

Thursday morning while our crews were in the subdivision we noticed Rankin County Sheriff's deputies pulling over drivers. Sheriff Bryan Bailey says speeding and traffic complains are the top issues in Rankin County...

So what's going to be done to slow down speeders?

"Hopefully after October first, I'll have some additional deputies targeting just traffic. Hopefully some of the complaints will go down," says Sheriff Bailey. He says with over 100 subdivisions, what Webb is doing by videotaping drivers could be an advantage

"If they have a video tape somebody blowing through a stop sign and they have that tag number of that car, they come here and see me or one of my investigators, we can go up there to justice court and they can file an affidavit against from for running a stop sign or careless driving," says Sheriff Bailey.

Bailey also urges county residents to call the sheriff's department if they're noticing speeders or careless drivers in their area.

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