By Lt. Kevin Meyer, Cranberry Township Police Department
Thank goodness it’s spring. People here are celebrating the warm weather with outdoor get-togethers, family vacations and, I’m sorry to say, by speeding on local roads. Every year at this time, our Police Department sees the number of complaints about speeding vehicles spike, along with the number of drivers who blatantly disregard stop signs. This is of particular concern in residential neighborhoods where children are outside playing in their yards, on the sidewalks, and occasionally in the street.
Our officers are keenly aware of the consequences of speeding autos; after all, we’re the first ones on the scene who have to deal with the consequences when something goes wrong. So especially in residential areas, we will be out in force this spring to identify problem areas and enforce the posted limits.
To help, Cranberry’s police department has created a dedicated Traffic Enforcement Unit. Its primary function is to keep motorists and pedestrians safe by addressing such traffic-related issues as stop sign violations, speeding, and identifying distracted or impaired drivers. They are also responsible for conducting accident investigations. But we can’t be everywhere at once, so we need your help in two ways.
First, I would encourage you and everyone you know to drive safely during this season and to persuade other drivers in your family, as well as your friends, to do the same. Second, if speeders are a problem where you live, call 911 right away so we can act in a timely fashion. And if you have any other traffic related questions or concerns, feel free to contact our Traffic Enforcement Unit head, Corporal Bill Ahlgren, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 724-776-5180 x1423.