Inside city of Turbeville, SC

Turbeville, South CarolinaJul 27, 20126 Comments

My wife and I were looking forward to a Myrtle Beach vacation. However, the vacation was ruined before we even got to our destination. We made the mistake of driving through the town of Turbeville, SC. What a mistake! Unfortunately, we were pulled over by the Turbeville police and ticketed for going 53 miles per hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. Our Garmin said the speed limit was 55 mph. The police officer (who was driving a new, rich looking, tank of a patrol car), informed us that the Garmin was a navigational aid only and that the speed limit had been changed. OK, apparently we were speeding. We can take our knocks and pay for our mistakes. Then, we got the mimeographed ticket which informed us that the bond was $388.00. $388.88 dollars! This was a bond! According to the text on the ticket, we are allowed to mail in the bond, but in order to find out what the actual ticket amount is, we need to show up for a trial in Turbeville on August 30th! Really? Show up for a trial? If we don’t show up for the trial and we mail Turbeville the $388.00, the matter will be resolved. My guess is that $388.00 is a price point, an amount high enough for the city of Turbeville to make money, but low enough so that it is not worth the effort for me to make a special trip from Atlanta, back to South Carolina, so that I can pay the actual fine. To me, this is extortion. And, why can’t I pay the actual speeding ticket online or via the mail? Why can’t I make a phone call to the Turbeville court, find out the fine, and then mail in the payment? When we arrived at our rental house in Surfside Beach, we happened to mention our ticket to the rental house maintenance men. They said, “Oh, we know Turbeville. Those guys are terrible!” Obviously, our case is not an isolated incident. How many other families have been hit with this, and then been unable to spend their vacation money at their destination? Maybe I should start a blog on social media and find out!
So, we are on vacation now for a family reunion with a total of 14 people. Have we been able to spend any money in Myrtle Beach? No. My wife probably would have gone shopping at the Tanger Outlets, but we will be spending $388.00 on a traffic ticket bond instead. I usually like to buy a T-shirt or a sweat shirt, but the $388.00 will go to Turbeville, SC instead. We went to Broadway at the Beach. Did we spend any money? Yes, we bought two ice cream cones. No souvenirs though. Will we come back to South Carolina for a vacation? Not if I can help it. Why patronize South Carolina when we can go on a beach vacation in Georgia or Florida instead? In Georgia, we have a speed trap law that probably would have prevented this type of abuse. This is important because Georgia has recognized that it is probably not a good idea for the state to be viewed as narrow-minded, provincial, and unsophisticated. It is not good for the state economy and it is definitely not good for the tourism industry to leave a bad taste in a visitor’s mouth. More than likely, we will be vacationing in Florida next year.

They got me this morning. 47 in a 35 leaving town past everything already on the two lane portion. It was heading east on 378 past the IGA, and children's home...with the recommended bond amount of $288. Next time we go to the beach I"ll go through Georgetown or Florence...what a sad town. No wonder no one wants to live there.
#1Aug 07, 2012Report Abuse
We got it June 2012 51/35 driving through Turbeville. Our GPS said 48, and we thought the speed limit was 45. $388 fine. Not sure how to go about this but thinking we need a class action lawsuit against Turbeville. There are numerous complaints about this same place. We faxed in a not guilty plea Not sure of the results... Will let you know. We tried contacting an attorney but they wanted $400 as well...
#2Aug 16, 2012Report Abuse
Just experienced the same exact thing...I am on board for a class action lawsuit. I was just laid off from my teaching position and the last thing I needed was to be extorted from a po-dunk town in the middle of nowhere. Seriously pissed.
#3Aug 18, 2012Report Abuse
Some thing just happened to me! Something needs to be done about this!
#4Aug 19, 2012Report Abuse
I have been looking into starting a class action lawsuit, we need to form a group of everyone that is interested. It's not fair what this piece of crap town is doing to everyone.
#5Sep 08, 2012Report Abuse
Turbeville June 20th 2013 388 dollar speeding ticket how are they able to get away with this? Shame on the city council of that small middle of nowhere anyplace but here town. Avid this town at all cost! I am interested in a class action lawsuit. contact me if you have been of victim of this town at there are hundreds of us out there and complaints are all over the internet about this town. Its time for some justice to come to turbeville.
#6Jul 19, 2013Report Abuse

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