Police step up patrols on Folly Road

(Joe O'Neill/WCIV)

By Stefanie

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - A bicyclist was killed on Folly Road on James Island Thursday night after getting hit by a car, but it wasn't the first fatal accident on the busy road.

To try and stop the tragedies, police tightened up patrols on Folly Road Friday night with an enhanced traffic enforcement that kicked off at 6pm and will run until 2am Saturday morning.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office Traffic Squad is in high gear with their patrols.

"We will have more officers in place, we will have the technology if we run across any DUI or drug related arrests to maybe be able to do testing on site," said Major Jim Brady, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Office.

It's a police effort to decrease aggressive and careless driving.

"We can do so much through the enforcement, but a lot of it rests on the driver themselves to adjust their driving behaviors and driving habits to meet the growing demands of traffic," Major Brady said.

One Folly Beach resident who has changed his ways is David Berger. Berger lost his son-in-law, Joshua Miller, in a fatal car accident on Folly Road back in March.

"If you knew him for five minutes you felt like he was your best friend, and he was your best friend," David Berger said.

Berger owns the 'How Art Thou?' caf on James Island and said it's been a difficult time for his family since Miller's death, especially for his daughter.

"In a very polite way she is going through a very horrific time," Berger said. "She's pretty much eaten up inside everyday."

It was on what's in the last year been the deadly strip of Folly Road, from Bowen's Island to Crosby's Seafood, where Joshua Miller was involved in a three car wreck. His young kids, Hannah and George were with him and survived. Miller did not. One other person was also killed.

Berger said he was happy to hear about the enhanced traffic enforcement on Folly Road, and hopes{}the tragic accident that{}happened to his family, won't happen to others.

"I don't think a lot of us really understand the lethal weapon that we have when we are behind a steering wheel," Berger said.