Twp. police get speed tool
BY JOSH MROZINSKI , Wyoming County Press Examiner
TUNKHANNOCK TWP. - Tunkhannock Township Police say they have clocked motor vehicles going in excess of 100 miles per hour, on U.S. Route 6 and it has got to stop.
They hope that with the acquisition of an Electronic Non-Radar Detection Device on Sept. 12, it will slow drivers down and save lives.
"All traffic accidents are extremely violent," Police Chief Bernie Griff said. "The faster you go the faster the crash happens."
For instance, police say that speed was a factor in a two-car crash in June on Route 6 near Deer Park Lumber that sent two adults and two children to the hospital.
According to police, a 1990 Honda Accord driven by Shannon Wilson of Kingston struck another vehicle and then a guide rail around 8 p.m. on June 6. The Honda then launched over an embankment and struck a tree.
"Lives are changed through traffic accidents and we take that very seriously," Chief Griff said.
Police Commissioner and Supervisor Randy White said that township police were looking for new equipment for speed control and saw that Clarks Summit was using ENRADD.
Tunkhannock Township Police, as well as other police departments in Wyoming County, have been using a device known as the Visual Average Speed Computer and Readout.
"I think ENRADD is a lot easier to use," White said.
State law prohibits municipal police from using radar.
Overfield Township Police Chief Terry Fisher said that speed control devices are important because, "A lot of crashes are due to speeding violations."
ENRADD consists of two sensors that are placed across a road and transmit beams.
When the beam is broken, the speed at which a motor vehicle had been traveling is sent to a wireless electronic reader.
"The ENRADD system measures the speed of vehicles over a distance of three feet," Chief Griff said, noting that township officers had training in it.
The township has four full-time police officers and two part-time police officers.
Township police also recently acquired a 2008 Ford Police Interceptor that will be in service in about a week, Chief Griff said.
He added that the new vehicle, along with ENRADD, will be used to help curb speeding, which is often the cause of vehicle crashes.
ENRADD will give police greater flexibility because cruiser can be positioned after the device, Chief Griff said.
Sgt. Stanley Ely thinks ENRADD will greatly enhance the department's operation because it will allow officers to enforce the speed limit on all township roads.
With VASCAR, police were required to see the vehicle because it measured its speed of a as it traveled between two landmarks.
"I think ENRADD is an excellent tool," Sgt. Ely said.