Vandals damage sheriff's traffic monitor

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in finding the people who damaged a Solar Powered Traffic Monitor overnight on Mumford Road.

At about 7:30 a.m., deputies found the monitor which flashes approaching drivers' speeds turned over in the ditch near Bentwood Circle.

The device costs about $13,000, said Lt. George Meadows, public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

"We'd be happy to prosecute. Those things are expensive and they're expensive to fix," Meadows said.

Deputies on the scene said at least two and maybe more people had to topple the heavy equipment which took a tow truck to upright.

Sarah Justice, who lives in the neighborhood, said the monitor is needed as people routinely speed along the curvy road where the speed limit is 35 mph.

"People come around here and they're doing 52 mph because I just sit there and watch the speed.

We're just trying to do something just to let people know they can drive, but just obey the speed limit," Justice said. "In my heart I really feel that somebody's going to get seriously hurt out here."

Meadows said the monitor's solar panel and frame were damaged in the incident.

Interference with government property is a felony offense, Meadows said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 746-9441, or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 742-2330 or (877) 68CRIME.