NEW: Overland PD puts traffic under the (radar) gun

By Buck Collier
Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:42 AM CDT

An increase in crashes has prompted the Overland Police Department to step up its efforts at controlling vehicle flow in the construction zone at Interstate 170 and Olive Boulevard.

Cpl. Scott Barthelmass said late Monday that police will increase their patrol presence in the area, as well as increasing the use of radar and laser-detection devices.

"There have been a considerable number of crashes in the (construction) zone and officers are working to slow motorists down," he said.
The increased efforts by police on I-170 could be a sign of what's to come for Overland police on Page Avenue after the first of the year. Local government officials believe that Page, and other major east-west highways, will become significantly more crowded when Highway 40 is shut down. The overhaul of Highway 40 is scheduled to take a year.

Overland Police Chief Jim Herron has said the department is planning now in order to provide an increase in patrol activity on Page.

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