SANATOGA PA – Ninety-four citations for speeding, tickets for three other moving violations, and a misdemeanor drug arrest were the fruits of labors by the Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown police departments and Pennsylvania state troopers as they wrapped up two weeks of speed enforcement details Sunday (June 9, 2013) within the construction zone of U.S. Route 422 at near the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange.
For drivers who got caught during three separate exercises held over the 14-day period, they proved to be expensive lessons in obeying signs, Lower Pottsgrove Sgt. Robert Greenwood said. His clear message, via e-mail: “All motorists traveling 422 in the 40 mph construction zone are warned that the … speed limit is ALWAYS in effect and will be enforced with NO warnings.”
There were alerts of a sort. Social media networks were aflame Sunday as drivers or their passengers saw law enforcers out on the highway and broadcast a flood of messages about their presence. They apparently were ineffective.
The same networks carried occasionally profanity-laced grumbles of those stopped. They complained that, when construction work was not active, speed enforcement should be unnecessary. But work crews aren’t the only ones being protected, Greenwood countered. “This is to ensure the safety of all highway workers and motorists traveling in the limited-lane construction zone,” he said.
Lane restrictions are becoming more frequent and complicated, the state Department of Transportation warned last week. Intermittent traffic stoppages are likely to occur on 422 throughout June as road and bridge improvements continue between the Sanatoga and Stowe interchanges, PennDOT announced. The 8- to 10-year duration of those upgrades mean enforcement details will be a long-term condition for motorists.
The enforcement details were funded in part by Pennsylvania’s Click-It-Or-Ticket seat belt awareness program, Greenwood added.
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