Safety Measures in Place on Route 115 - WNEP
State police said Friday they have handed out more than 200 speeding tickets on Route 115 in the Bear Creek area since January.
That stretch of Route 115 in Bear Creek Township has been called a dangerous one.There have been several wrecks there recently including two deadly ones within a week of each other.
PennDOT is dropping the speed limit to 45 miles per hour and state police are cracking down on offenders.
"Since those incidents and the public outcry, we started keeping track of the enforcement efforts that are utilized along Route 115," said Trooper Marty Connors of the Pennsylvania State Police at Wyoming.
From January 13 to March 4, state police have handed out 270 citations. Seventy-five percent of those tickets were for speed-related offenses.
Ninety percent of the drivers ticketed were not from the Bear Creek area.
"Out of the area from what we designated could be Plains, Nanticoke, Pittston, Wilkes-Barre," Connors added.
State police said not only are they keeping track of citations along the road, they are also using some unique techniques to catch lawbreakers.
"Obviously we use the regular marked state police vehicles, we'll use unmarked vehicles, we use what we term unconventional vehicles, which is all I will say, and we're also using aircraft," Trooper Connors said.
State police said expect the crackdown on Route 115 to continue.
PennDOT said the speed limit on that section of road will officially drop to 45 miles per hour by March 15 and officials hope it will become a slower and safer place to drive.
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