LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Township police officers, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police (at top), are catching up with – and issuing tickets to – more speeders on Pruss Hill Road. Over a period of just two hours on a single day late last month their work together resulted in 11 citations, according to the monthly report of Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz.
A total of 35 citations for various traffic offenses, most of them speed-related, were issued during October, it added.
What the chief referred to as “directed traffic enforcement” is intended to curb vehicular speeding along the roughly three-quarters-of-a-mile stretch of Pruss Hill between North Pleasant View and Rupert roads. Cars there reach speeds as high as 72 miles an hour, more than twice the speed limit, an October traffic study published by the police department indicated.
Dangers the speeders posed to both others drivers and Pruss Hill residents alarmed Foltz and encouraged him to seek the troopers’ help, he told the Board of Commissioners last month. Only state police are authorized to use radar to identify speeders; municipal police agencies must rely on other forms of monitoring equipment.
Much of the early morning and early evening traffic on Pruss Hill is due to commuters living on the township’s west side and beyond, headed to and from the Sanatoga exit of U.S. Route 422.
The Pruss Hill Road enforcement is continuing through November. During their Thursday (Nov. 9, 2017) meeting, commissioners also learned the police department is conducting similar traffic studies on the 100 block of First Avenue and the 1900 block of Kepler Road, both in response to area residents’ complaints.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 9 meeting):
- Police Write 35 Citations For Pruss Hill Offenses
- Nine At Pottsgrove High Arrested Last Month
- Deer Ridge Drive 1-Lane Limits Begin Monday
- Township Plans $31 Average Tax Hike In 2018
- Budget On Commissioners’ Thursday Agenda
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