Increased Police Activity Pleases Commissioners

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Activities by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department to seek out and ticket “aggressive drivers” and individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have won support from the township Board of Commissioners, it indicated during its latest meeting.

Patrol officers handled 170 traffic violations during September 2022, according to the monthly report of police Chief Rick Bell, up from only 18 violations during the same month in 2021, and 93 in September 2020. They issued 150 traffic citations, and made five DUI arrests, the report shows, up from one in the 2021 monthly period, and three in 2020. Officers also investigated 18 accidents.

Board Vice President Earl Swavely Jr., himself a former police chief, led the board’s praise of those statistics during its Oct. 3 (Monday) meeting. They signal “a better vision for the township,” one that “makes traveling safer,” he said.

“We really appreciate seeing all your guys out on the streets,” Commissioner Ray Lopez added. Other board members nodded their heads in agreement.

Bell acknowledged the department was ensuring its participation in special assignment details, DUI checkpoints, traffic monitoring (Pennsylvania’s “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign), and drug task force investigations, all of which are reimbursed by state and federal government funding. During September those reimbursements amounted to more than $3,500, and included the costs of officer and commander overtime and related expenses.

One of the DUI checkpoints conducted last month was hosted by the department in Lower Pottsgrove’s own back yard, near the Hilltop Diner, 2910 E. High St., Bell noted.

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