Runner cited for not using sidewalk, community upset

Myrtle Beach runner Brad Hafey was out for his normal evening run on Wednesday night near the old Waccamaw Pottery. While running into traffic along Fantasy Harbour Blvd, between Bush and Arrowhead roads, Hafey was pulled over by Horry County Police officer B. Sulls.

According to Hafey, Office Sulls informed Hafey that he was not allowed to run in the road and instead must use the sidewalk. Hafer then began to explain to the officer that the sidewalks in that area were unsafe to run on, and that although he understood that you couldn’t run on the road within the City of Myrtle Beach, he was unaware of an laws preventing him from running on the road within the county.

Office Sulls then went through the procedures of issuing a citation to Hafey for “Pedestrian on Highway”, leaving Hafey with a $150 ticket and a very bad feeling about the situation.

According to Hafey, the sidewalks in the area have numerous missing drainage hole covers, and an uneven surface that makes it prone to injury. Hafey went on to say “I run in that area all the time and I’ve never had a problem.  I was clearly visible to the traffic and most cars were giving me plenty of space.”

Grand Strand Running Club President  Richard Lanigan says he was unaware of the law in Horry County as well. He says that he can understand that pedestrian’s need to use the sidewalk if it’s available, but for a runner it’s unsafe. “We really need some clarification from the county on this. Luckily this happened to a local runner, but what if we had someone on vacation  just running along and they got a ticket. Now, they’ll go back and tell everyone that you can’t run on the road in Myrtle Beach. This is bad for tourism in our area. We’ve come a long way toward growing  sports tourism, and things like this aren’t going to help”

Lanigan went on to say “I don’t want this to look like a negative on the police force, they are out there doing their jobs, and trying to keep people safe, but so are we.”

Daniel Brass, owner of local running specialty store Black Dog Running Company at the Sports Corner on Hwy 501 said,   “The pedestrian should have the right of way. If someone is out there running, we should encourage that. I don’t know the particulars of it, but if there wasn’t a safety issue, then I don’t understand why he was given a ticket . I’ve never heard of someone being given a ticket for running in the road. As a runner, the surface of the road is more forgiving than concrete. In the long run, it’s less wear and tear on the body.”

Horry County administration is off for Good Friday and calls to Horry County Police administrators went unanswered.

 

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3 responses to “Runner cited for not using sidewalk, community upset”

  1. Brian Barbour says:

    so I guess any county road including neighborhoods could be used to give citations to walkers and runners.

  2. Tom Vitt says:

    Crack houses in Prestwick, unsafe drivers everywhere and this is what passes for law enforcement?

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