‘Chicken man’ scores vic­tory: Speed limit sign in neigh­bor­hood

The Island Packet - - Front Page - BY KATHER­INE KOKAL kkokal@is­land­packet.com

Hil­ton Head res­i­dent Lo­gan Cam­bron ap­par­ently has a way with al­li­ga­tors, chick­ens — and state road of­fi­cials.

Af­ter months of pa­trolling Point Com­fort Road in a chicken cos­tume, Cam­bron, known for wran­gling and sav­ing a 10-foot al­li­ga­tor all by him­self, cel­e­brated the in­stal­la­tion of a speed limit sign on his street on Wed­nes­day.

The speed limit was low­ered to 25 mph in June, but the sign was in­stalled on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Cam­bron told the Is­land Packet.

Cam­bron’s one-of-a-kind quest against speed­ers be­gan ear­lier this year when one of his pet chick­ens was hit by a speed­ing driver.

The chicken sur­vived, but Cam­bron took the op­por­tu­nity to mo­bi­lize.

He first started a pe­ti­tion ask­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to re­duce the speed from 30 mph to 20 mph.

He told the Is­land Packet he also made calls to town and SCDOT of­fi­cials to get the speed limit re­duced.

When he said that didn’t yield any re­sults, Cam­bron tried a more creative ap­proach. In April, he started pa­trolling his neigh­bor­hood wear­ing a chicken suit — hold­ing a radar gun in one hand and a sign that said “slow the cluck down” in the other.

He said res­i­dents had been known to run into the street and yell at driv­ers for speed­ing, but peo­ple started get­ting in ar­gu­ments. Cam­bron said the chicken suit pro­tects him.

“No­body wants to get their butt kicked by a 6-foot chicken,” he said.

Cam­bron’s chicken suit cru­sade landed him in the na­tional spot­light. He was men­tioned on NPR, and his story was seen on TV sta­tions across the U.S.

Af­ter months of pa­trolling the streets, some­times with­out the suit be­cause it “gets pretty hot,” Cam­bron’s vic­tory ar­rived in the form of a 25 mph speed limit sign that was in­stalled this week by SCDOT.

“The news cov­er­age def­i­nitely helped us to pres­sure the town and state,” he said.

He said the death of 11-yearold Charli Bobinchuck also in­spired him to act. Bobinchuck was struck and killed in a cross-

walk on U.S. 278 in June.

“(Her death) made it so they couldn’t ig­nore us any more,” Cam­bron said.

Cam­bron said he used his po­si­tion on the Ash­ton Cove prop­erty own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion to help get the right help from S.C. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

Since most roads on Hil­ton Head are owned by the state, SCDOT is re­spon­si­ble for chang­ing the speed limit, not the town, said town en­gi­neer Jeff Buckalew.

“Ul­ti­mately it is their road and they are re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

One way to change a speed limit is to bring a re­quest to Buckalew or town traf­fic en­gi­neer Dar­rin Shoe­maker. Town staff then for­wards that re­quest to the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal and pub­lic safety com­mit­tee, which re­views cit­i­zen in­put on the road and for­wards the re­quest for a speed study to SCDOT.

But Cam­bron went

‘‘ HE CRE­ATED ... SO MUCH AT­TEN­TION THAT THE DOT DID THE STUDY. Jeff Buckalew, town en­gi­neer

straight to SCDOT to re­quest a speed study, which the depart­ment per­forms to eval­u­ate whether the speed limit should be low­ered.

“He cre­ated ... caused so much at­ten­tion that the DOT did the study,” Buckalew said.

While Cam­bron con­sid­ers the sign a vic­tory, he says he’ll con­tinue to lobby for speed bumps on the road as a mem­ber of the Ash­ton Cove prop­erty own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

“We’ve made progress, but we’ve still got a way to go,” Cam­bron said.

PHO­TOS BY JAY KARR jkarr@is­land­packet.com

Lo­gan Cam­bron watches for speed­ers on Hil­ton Head Is­land’s Point Com­fort Road while wear­ing a chicken suit on Thurs­day.

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