February 12. 2007 1:00PM

City police to crack down on speeders

The Dispatch

Speeding motorists may want to slow down while driving on Talbert Boulevard in Lexington as police continue to saturate the area after receiving numerous complaints from the public.

The high-visibility crackdown will have officers concentrating on the area of North Talbert Boulevard from Raleigh Road to East Center Street Extension, said Lexington Police Capt. Jimmy Truell.

"We have had a lot of crashes and a lot of complaints in that one area," Truell said. "We plan to be out there for at least a couple of weeks making sure people are observing the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit."

Lexington police set up a mobile billboard last week publicizing the anti-speeding effort. In large yellow letters the flashing sign reads, "Speed Strictly Enforced ... Speed Limit 35 MPH."

Police officers conducted a weeklong traffic study on that stretch of road. They measured the average speed of cars and found the majority of motorists were in fact traveling at speeds well in excess of the posted 35-mph limit.

One business manager in that area confirms what police found in their study.

Sherry Eggers, manager of Biscuit King on North Talbert Boulevard, said there have been several wrecks in front of the restaurant.

"People are coming over the hill too fast and don't watch for cars turning onto the road," Eggers said. "I believe people need to just slow down."

Along with a mobile message board and an extra batch of officers patrolling the area, police officials are deploying another device to help with the effort.

A large mobile radar trailer will be flashing actual speeds of passing motorists. Truell said the device is an effective tool to make people aware of their actual speed.

The anti-speeding effort will move from one location in the city to the next, lasting a week or two in each problem area, Truell said.

"We just want people to slow down and be more aware of the speed limits," Truell said. "Our main goal is not to write people tickets but to make sure everyone is safe."

Sean Jarem can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 228 or at sean.jarem@the-dispatch.com.