Police to crack down on speeders
Cops will earn overtime pay for issuing tickets in residential areas based primarily on complaints.
Christine Ferretti / The Detroit News
REDFORD TOWNSHIP -- As a mother of two young children, Holly Belding takes notice when careless drivers speed down her street and around area schools.
To address the concerns of residents like Belding, township officials have enacted a new ticket writing policy to crack down on ordinance violators.
"We definitely need to have something like this," Belding, 33, said Tuesday. "If you disobey traffic laws, the cops are going to be around more."
Redford's Police Department has operated a program to monitor main thoroughfares such as Telegraph, Grand River and Interstate 96 for the last decade but, in recent days, the overtime ticket detail program has turned its focus to residential streets.
The target areas will be based primarily on residents' complaints, including stop and yield sign violations and speeding.
Officers will earn two, four or even eight hours of overtime pay for patrolling neighborhoods and issuing two tickets an hour for ordinance violations, Police Chief John Buck said.
"We're going to be looking at focusing more time on neighborhood complaints. We get those all year long," he said. "Oftentimes, our officers are busy taking runs and don't have the luxury of patrolling in neighborhoods. It'll be good for everybody."
The changes, pushed by new Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz, come less than two years after Redford cops faced criticism from activists and clergy across Metro Detroit upset that officers were paid overtime for writing tickets, even though they didn't work longer hours. The setup, sanctioned by the former administration, was scrapped after several months, Buck said.
Last year, Redford had 10 fatal accidents. Half occurred on residential streets, Buck said.