Cracking down on speeders
TONY Di DOMIZIO, Staff Writer
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SOUDERTON – Speeders have caught the attention of borough officials and police.

So the crackdown is on – especially in the areas of Wile Avenue and North Second Street – with tickets being issued for those going 11 miles over the posted limit.

“By spring or summer‚ we should be in good shape‚” Chief Charles Quinn Sr. said of the boost in speeding curtailment.

“It’s a good time to begin it right now. It will get people ready so they know when they come into Souderton‚ slow down.”

Many complaints from residents resulted in borough council expressing their concern to enforce the speed limit at a greater frequency.

This could mean increasing the number of officers out on the roads.

“If we have to bring in officers to do that and pay premiums for overtime‚ so be it‚” Quinn said. “Whatever it takes.”

The complaints of speeding stem from ongoing construction on Main Street between Chestnut Street and Hillside Avenue‚ as part of the borough’s revitalization efforts.

At times‚ traffic is restricted to a single lane with north and south flow controlled by a flag person‚ Quinn said.

“It doesn’t have two even flows of traffic area‚” Quinn said. “They stop one lane to let northbound traffic go through. So people avoid Main Street.”

Quinn said those who come from the area of Hilltown are turning one block before Main Street and going up North Second Street.

They avoid Front Street‚ he said‚ because it dead ends on Main Street‚ and there are no stop signs from Broad Street to Summit Street on North Second.

Traffic coming west from the Hatfield area that would take Cowpath Road to Broad Street to get to towns like Telford and Sellersville usually hit the light at Main and Broad streets to go up Main Street‚ he said.

Now they are realizing they will incur delays on Main Street and cut up Wile Avenue‚ he said‚ which also has no stop signs from Broad Street to Reliance Road.

Work is expected to continue on Main Street through the new year‚ and other demolition projects are scheduled for the borough.

If the construction delays remain‚ so will the detouring and speeding.

“Traffic flow will increase there (on Wile Avenue and North Second Street) and in all residential areas‚” Quinn said.

So‚ as Quinn said‚ the squeaky door got the most oil.

Police began its enforcement efforts Dec. 1.

Police will be checking speed using certified stopwatches and two fixed points of reference‚ usually white lines on the roadway.

Souderton police cannot use radar because that is only allowed to be used by state police‚ he said.

With the stopwatch system‚ at least two officers time simultaneously the speed of a car between the two points‚ he said.

Often the times are identical‚ he said‚ and when one is a nanosecond off from the other‚ police take the lower number.

Wile Avenue and North Second Street are posted at 25 mph. Any vehicles going 36 mph and up will be cited‚ Quinn said.

He said police will also enforce the limit with speed trailers‚ which will be either unmanned or manned.

“We want to nip this in the bud‚ especially in the borough‚” he said. “Township accidents are more severe and ours are less so‚ but we want to make it where nobody gets hurt.”