SANATOGA PA – Commuters racing to and from U.S. Route 422, and others who speed across Pruss Hill Road in Lower Pottsgrove at up to 72 miles an hour, are bound to have a conversation awaiting them within coming weeks. They may get to chat face-to-face with not only township police officers, but radar-equipped troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police.
Police Chief Michael Foltz said Monday (Oct. 2, 2017) he was alarmed by a “significant problem” of vehicular speeding on Pruss Hill, at more than twice the road’s legal limit. He told the township Board of Commissioners his department’s patrols, as well as the troopers’, are determined to stop what he believes are accidents ready to happen.
Complaints from area residents made to Foltz in recent months prompted him to track the speed of Pruss Hill traffic. His department’s collected data showed Pruss Hill, and particularly its stretch between North Pleasant View and Snell roads, seemed a favorite place for drivers to stomp on the gas pedal.
A path that runs from North Charlotte Street on the township’s west side – along Bleim Road, across North Pleasant View, on to Pruss Hill, and then south on Rupert Road – to the Sanatoga interchange of 422 has for years been a shortcut for commuters in western Montgomery and eastern Berks counties headed to employment farther east. The problem is most severe at weekday morning and evening rush hours.
Lower Pottsgrove and other townships are handicapped in controlling speeding, Foltz noted, because the state Legislature continues to deny them the ability to use radar detection to nab offenders. Instead they must rely on older, more manpower-intensive methods, he said. Troopers, however, are allowed under state law to use radar on any highway, and Foltz reported they’ve agreed to help in the effort.
Township traffic safety Ofc. Kevin Black is coordinating scheduled speeding enforcement details between the department and state police that have already begun, according to the chief. The department will also conduct “periodic directed patrols of this area with duty officers as they are available,” he told commissioners during their Monday meeting.
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