Oshkosh Police Target Speeders During Shift Changes
Updated: Oct 22, 2009 10:00 PM CDT Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:00 PM EST
By Police Crackdown on Speeders at Shift Change
With a radar gun watching drivers, Oshkosh police officer Tom Kopczyk is hoping to slow down traffic on Oregon Street by targeting drivers during the late-afternoon shift change.
Police say a stretch of Oregon Street from 20th Avenue to Waukau Avenue is now the target of an ongoing enforcement effort.
It's where a number of big companies are located, including Oshkosh Corporation and Hydrite Chemical. Shift-change drivers are the focus of a number of complaints.
"More or less I would say the biggest underlying problem is the speed, with people going too fast, as well as some just trying to get home from work and just going a little bit too fast," Officer Kopczyk said.
Many of the those drivers work at one of the big plants lining the street.
Those who live nearby say it's a constant threat to everyone's safety.
"It's kind of scary walking down the street, down that stretch there, you know. It wouldn't take much for them to just run up on the curb or something," said Jack Smith, who lives nearby.
On average, officers issue between five and ten citations a day just on this stretch of road. The hope is drivers will soon get the message.
"Typically, the posted speed limit that is 30. We'll see people going anywhere from 40 to 50 miles an hour, even faster at times," Kopczyk said.
Most of the citations are for speeding, but others include stop sign violations and reckless driving.
Neighbor Bill Polzin says so far the extra enforcement is a big help.
"When the shift changes at work, a truck, you got a lot of traffic, I'll grant you that. People want to get home, but they get home just as quick going 30 miles an hour as they do 40 miles an hour."