LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES UNITE IN EFFORT - Law enforcement are combining forces on June 29-30, in a effort to save lives through enforcement of DUI, seatbelt and other highway laws. (Standard-Sentinel photo)
Forces June 29-30
Motorists in Saluda County will see additional state troopers in their area in the coming weeks as the Highway Patrol focuses on proactive enforcement and saving lives in the area.
Troopers will hold special enforcement efforts June 29-30, focusing on DUI, safety belt violations and speeding, in cooperation with all other law enforcement agencies in the county, Saluda County Sheriffs Office, Saluda City Police Department and State Transport Police.
“We are continuing special enforcement initiatives throughout the Troop Two area, which covers seven counties including Saluda,” said Capt. David Yongue. “To date, there have been 22 fatalities in Troop Two. As of this time last year there were 20.
“In Troop Two Post C, which includes Saluda, Edgefield and McCormick counties, only McCormick has recorded fatalities this year, two.
“Statewide we have had 399 fatalities, 44 more than last year,
“Of the fatalities, 47 percent were not wearing seatbelts.
“We are also concentrating on motorcycle safety. There have been 49 motorcycle fatalities this year.”
Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said his office appreciates the cooperative effort at all times, as well as these special events.
Troopers say the number one goal is zero fatalities. This means reaching out to every county in the state and proactively using resources to focus on problem violations such as safety belts, failure to yield the right of way, speed and DUI.
Capt. Yongue urges motorist to continue reporting unsafe drivers they see by calling *HP or 911.
During the two-day period, additional troopers, including motorcycle officers, will be patrolling Saluda County’s highways,]
Additionally, safety checkpoints will be conducted a several locations.
Starnes Names Interim
By Gwen C. Shealy
On June 15, Saluda County Council unanimously voted to appoint Jacob Starnes the interim director of the Emergency Medical Services, answerable to the council.
In the same meeting, council passed a motion, 4-1, with the first reading of Ordinance 06-15, which defines the chain of command for the Saluda County Nursing Center administrator, the chief financial officer, the authority of county council, and the function of the nursing home board.
The appointment of Starnes as interim director will become effective July 1 with the transition being completed by October 1, the start of the fiscal year for the nursing center. The ambulance service will continue to be housed at the nursing center.
Ordinance 06-15 stands as a draft, at this time, with the presentation of the second and third readings to be revised to offer clarification.
The county council and the county attorney are engaging in this process to ensure that the transition is smooth and that services to the county do not suffer. There is no intent to alter the operation of the nursing home. It is a beloved county institution, dear to the residents of the county who reside there, work there, and have loved ones there.
However, it has come to the attention of the county council that, since all of the above, including the business itself is county property, greater transparency and structure is appropriate.