SANATOGA PA – Maybe motorists on U.S. Route 422, driving between its Sanatoga and Route 724 interchanges, are catching on and slowing down.
Lower Pottsgrove Township Police, operating under the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driver program, on Monday (July 22, 2013) between 6:30 and 11 a.m. issued 28 citations for speeding and speed-related offenses in the designated construction zone on 422, department Sgt. Robert Greenwood reported. Vehicle speeds there, normally 55 mph, must be reduced to 40 mph at all times to ensure the safety of workers as they replace bridges and improve the roadway.
The number of latest tickets is significant but it’s fewer than the 94 issued in the same area in a similar effort on June 9, or the 39 distributed April 17.
Law enforcers can only hope lead-footed drivers are becoming wary. As Lower Pottsgrove Chief Michael Foltz told the Board of Commissioners earlier this month, excessive speed clearly has played a role in recent major accidents on the four-lane, limited access highway.
In addition to the speeding stops, Greenwood said, police also arrested one person for allegedly driving under the influence prescription pain medications, and driving under suspension. The woman’s name was not released, because the charges are pending blood test results. The arrest occurred after her car was involved in a 9:26 a.m. crash, according to the sergeant.
Just in case drivers haven’t gotten the message to lower speeds on 422, Greenwood again cautioned that “special speed enforcement details, along with regular on-duty officers issuing speeding citations” will continue in the zone.
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