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Police Watching For Illegal Turns At Porter Road

SANATOGA PA – Some drivers – at least 17 of them – either didn’t read or failed to heed signs (at top) at the corner of Porter Road and East High Street during July (2017).

Left-hand (westbound) turns from Porter onto East High, near the Sprogels Run bridge (below), were restricted last October by order of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners. They are forbidden daily for only two hours, between 4 and 6 p.m., for passenger and commercial vehicles alike as a way to reduce the number of accidents occurring at the intersection.

Signs to that effect were posted about 10 months ago, yet violations persist, township Police Chief Michael Foltz notified board members during their Monday (Aug. 7) meeting. As a result, police patrols monitoring the intersection last month issued 17 citations to drivers for failure to obey traffic control devices there, according to a monthly report received by commissioners from the chief.

Police Watching For Illegal Turns At Porter Road

Also during July, Foltz said, his department conducted a DUI checkpoint in the 3000 block of East High Street. Officers assigned to the detail:

  • Made contact with 589 motorists;
  • Arrested five individuals, of which three were charged with driving under the influence and two others charged with marijuana possession; and
  • Issued 18 citations, for which 11 were for operating uninspected vehicles, two for driving with suspended or revoked licenses, two for lack of registration or title, one for failure to obey a traffic control device, and two for failure to wear seat belts.

Separately, according to the report, 29 citations were issued during July for violations observed in the U.S. Route 422 construction zone.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Aug. 7 meeting):

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