Speed enforcement promised in Mountville
By DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
Published: Aug 22, 2007 12:50 AM EST
MOUNTVILLE, Pa. - Manor Township police have stepped up traffic enforcement in Mountville Borough's Spring Hill Lane development after a traffic study revealed a speeding problem.
Police Cpl. Gary Strock released details of the study to Mountville council Aug. 12.
"We had a speed counter on Spring Hill Lane from July 31 to Aug. 5," Strock said. "There were 1,037 trips over the counter." He said that was "a lot of cars. It surprised me."
Strock said the study revealed 40 percent of vehicles exceeded the posted 25 mile per hour speed limit. He said 96 vehicles, or 9 percent, exceeded the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour.
Strock said a couple vehicles were timed between 71 and 75 miles per hour, but he believed that was a fluke caused when more than one vehicle crossed the timing device at the same time.
"If we had speeds like that, we would have heard about it," he said.
Several residents from the development asked police last month to increase patrols due to drivers speeding from a nearby apartment complex and park.
Residents offered their driveways to allow police to park unmarked vehicles involved in speed details.
Strock said officers have conducted enforcement details in the neighborhood, and the department borrowed a radar-operated sign from the City of Harrisburg that informs drivers of their speed.
"We hope to educate the public on how fast they are going," he said.