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Local officials back police use of radar for speed control


Within their own staff limitations, state troopers in Upper Bucks are pitching in to help municipalities cope with the menace of speeding motorists. Meanwhile, municipal officials are growing increasingly impatient with the state’s denial of their opportunity to use radar as a speed limit enforcement tool.

During his Nov. 4 presentation on the Dublin Station’s community service commitment, at the Haycock Township public board of supervisors meeting, Sgt. Jim Thomas, Dublin station commander for the Pennsylvania State Police, said he would follow up with township officials on particular locations where his officers might be able to help with speed limit enforcement, particularly taking advantage of the state police ability to deploy radar as an enforcement tool.

Regardless of whether or not they have their own police force, officials such as Supervisor Jim Helms in Tinicum, Township Manager Rich Schilling in Bedminster, and various officials in Nockamixon, have noted during discussion of resident complaints about speeding, at their own board of supervisors meetings, that their ability to cope with the speeding menace is severely hampered by the state’s official denial of their opportunity to use radar.

Schilling has particularly repeatedly noted that the state’s fear, that putting the radar tool in municipal hands would result in excessive speed limit enforcement as an unethical fundraising method, doesn’t add up with the miniscule municipal income that is derived from each speeding citation.

Also during the Nov. 4 discussion in Haycock, Supervisor Chair Kathy Babb reminded Thomas of troopers’ availability of a room in the new Haycock Township Community Center as an assist to their direct community presence commitment. Thomas said he would follow up regarding special Internet needs.

Through liaison direction from Trooper William Griffith, its community services officer, the Dublin Station has already set up a successful local onsite presence at Palisades High School.

In addition at the Nov. 4 meeting, supervisors adopted a resolution endorsing the Heritage Conservancy’s Circuit Trails initiative, a visionary, 750-mile trail network that is planned for throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Designed to help vitalize local communities in a variety of ways, the initiative will benefit from the commitment from Haycock’s road department to install circuit guidance signage.