Douglass (Berks) Patrols Nab 12 Speeders Friday

BOYERTOWN PA – Fourteen vehicles stopped. Twelve speeding citations, two more for equipment violations, and what the Douglass (Berks) Police Department called a 65-for-40 “winner.” It all added up to a very busy three-hour morning Friday (Aug. 14, 2020) on Route 562, better known locally as Reading Avenue.

That’s where department patrols, between 6 and 9 a.m., participated in a state-funded detail to rein in aggressive drivers and their occasionally life-threatening habits, it reported on its CrimeWatch website. The 14 contacts made during the period meant patrols dealt with violators at the rate of more than four per hour.

Possibly the most egregious of those stopped, the department said, was “the winner” caught moving at 65 miles-per-hour in a zone where the permissible speed was only 40. Sadly, it noted, that ticket was likely to result in almost $200 in fines and license violation points from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

PennDOT announced at this month’s start that state police units and more than 60 police departments in southeastern Pennsylvania, Douglass (Berks) among them, would work as a coordinated team through Aug. 23 (Sunday) in cracking down on aggressive driving. It intends to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths on Pennsylvania roadways, the agency added.

The department “would like to remind everyone to be aware of the speed limits on all roadways, and to slow down and be safe,” it said.

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