You may be in for a bumpy ride the next time you try to speed past an accident scene along a Wayne County roadway.
The Mount Olive Fire Department has purchased two new portable speed bumps that it will place out in the road when responding to vehicle accidents and other emergency situations.
Mount Olive Fire Chief Greg Wiggins says they realized the need during a recent accident response on Highway 55 where a State Trooper was nearly struck by a passing vehicle.
The new portable speed bumps are bright yellow and reflective in a vehicle’s headlights.
Wiggins says they’ve already had successful deployments of the new equipment in at least two wrecks last week.
He says motorists that don’t slow down appropriately for the first bump will certainly reduce their speed for the second.
Chief Wiggins says motorists need to slow down when passing an accident scene, especially on tight back roads and highways.
He adds numerous first responders have been injured and killed while working along North Carolina’s roads, and that’s why the state has a law telling motorists to slow down and move over when passing stopped emergency vehicles.
The Mount Olive Fire Department purchased the new safety equipment with its own funds.
Wiggins says the portable speed bumps have already been so successful, two more may be purchased in the very near future.
Mount Olive Fire Chief Greg Wiggins and Firefighter Daniel Merritt check out the new speed bumps department recently purchased to add to their safety equipment.