AllOnGeorgia received a tip about the Mayor of Kingsland, Kenneth Smith, using an unmarked city vehicle to pull over a motorist on I-95.
Smith used his city vehicle to gain the attention of a motorist along I-95 on February 28th which subsequently led the driver to pull over on the side of the roadway.
AllOnGeorgia – Camden recovered dash camera video showing a Camden County deputy pulling a police cruiser behind the Mayor’s city vehicle with strobe lights engaged on the motorist’s SUV.
In the video, the Mayor returns to the unmarked vehicle displaying a Georgia government license plate. The deputy pulls alongside the Mayor’s car, and the white SUV drives off onto I-95 with hazard lights flashing.
The deputy asked Mayor Smith about his activities and Smith indicated to the deputy about tail light involvement. The deputy further asked him to identify himself in which Smith said he was the Mayor of Kingsland.
Video: Video was edited for time. See full video at the end of the article.
AllOnGeorgia-Camden reached out to Mayor Smith to clarify his actions as to why he used a city vehicle, with strobing lights, to influence the driver to pull over.
Smith said that the driver’s tail lights were not working causing a safety issue on the roadway.
“I only did that as a safety measure and to get his attention and to prevent someone from having an accident,” said Mayor Smith. “The man did say that he did have some problems with his tail lights. As a concerned citizen, I thought I would try and warn them that their tail lights were out,” contends Smith.
Smith also indicated that he followed the motorist to the next exit to assist them with their tail light concerns.
Smith contends that he was not pulling over the motorist, but only trying to warn him.
“I was not pulling him over, but only warning him that his tail lights were out. Other motorists were blinking their lights at him, so I was not pulling him over as a stop. It was a safety precaution. I thought I was doing something to help someone out,” explains Smith.
Smith stated that he was not on official business at the time and just happened to be in the city vehicle when the safety issue presented itself on the roadway. Smith did admit that he engaged his strobe lights as safety was a major concern.
“I had the four-ways on, and I had turned the strobes on, and he finally did pull over,” said Smith.
Smith was asked if he thought the motorist believed him to be a police vehicle.
“I do not know and did not ask him that. All I did was warn him about the tail lights,” Smith repeated.
Smith further stated that he did not present himself as a police officer or law enforcement and gave the motorist his business card to be of additional help.
AllOnGeorgia-Camden tried to reach the Kingsland City attorney for more clarification, and the attorney had not responded to the requests before publishing.
AllOnGeorgia -Camden spoke with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and they indicated that an investigation could be possible.
Full version of body camera video –