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Traffic Citations, With 422 Focus, Up Last Month

SANATOGA PA – During what Chief Michael Foltz calls “an exceptionally heavy month of traffic violations,” the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department in February issued a total of 189 traffic citations, he reported Monday (March 6, 2017) to the township Board of Commissioners. That’s more than five times as many as were issued (36) during the same month last year, and more than three times as many issued (58) during February 2015, statistics show.

The U.S. Route 422 corridor, in particular, was the focus of much of the activity. Foltz noted that of the 189 total, 107 or almost 57 percent were “issued along the … corridor for various reasons.” More specifically, 26 were written for violations within the 422 construction zone.

Additionally, the report stated, department officers dealt during the month with a total of 28 motor vehicle accidents across the township.

Foltz attributed part of the traffic citations increase to the department’s use of an automatic license plate reader, which went into operation during the first week of February. The device can read and interpret characters on a license plate and immediately report to officers if the accompanying vehicle is wanted by authorities or agencies.  The chief did not indicate if the increase also reflected any intentional traffic enforcement efforts by the department.

It continues to receive calls, however, regarding speeding issues in selected portions of the township. Most recent, he said, were complaints about vehicles speeding near Coventry Christian Academy on North Pleasant View Road.

Officers deployed a township speed monitoring device there, and it continues to collect information. It may justify the school concerns, he said, but an early analysis of the data collected so far also “indicates a speeding problem in general with vehicles exceeding the posted 35-miles-per-hour speed limits.”

“Directed traffic enforcement has been ordered to address” that issue, the chief acknowledged.

Commissioner Robert Mohollen told Foltz he “appreciated seeing police sitting at and around schools” within the township, whether for traffic control or other purposes. Mohollen said he had noted an increased police presence there himself, and thanked the chief for making patrols available. Foltz, in turn, praised his “supervisory staff” of four patrol division sergeants. “They’re directing our people” to meet identified needs, he said.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ March 6 meeting):

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