Speeding Complaints in Residential Areas - Help Us Help You!

SPEEDING IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

Many residents have reached out to us to voice concerns over speeding in their neighborhoods.  We always appreciate the information and feel that we should be providing feedback to the residents once our investigations are complete.  We will attempt to post our findings online, so please check back often for further information!  As always, the original caller will be contacted directly by the officer.  We believe that communication is key to building trust and important in developing a healthy community.

Robindale Avenue in Manheim Township

In response to a citizen complaint, one of our traffic specialists made use of a RADAR display unit on Robindale Avenue in Manheim Township, over the past few weeks.  This device continuously recorded the speeds of vehicles traveling on that street.  The results show that the average speed was 29.52 MPH for vehicles traveling southbound and 28.59 MPH for vehicles traveling northbound.  85% of the vehicles traveling southbound were going 33.76 MPH or less.  85% of the vehicles traveling northbound were going 32.48 MPH or less.  This data tells us that this is not an area where speed enforcement is warranted at this time.

Pennsylvania is the only state that does not allow for RADAR to be used for the enforcement of speed by municipal police officers.  The law prohibits municipal officers from executing a traffic stop on a vehicle until the vehicle is going at least 11 MPH over the posted speed limit.  While we understand there may be a few cars that exceed the limit by 11 miles per hour, they are the exception, not the rule.  As such, the department must deploy its officers in the most efficient and effective way, in order to deter crime, prevent crashes, and protect the safety of persons and property.  Please continue to contact us with requests for the deployment of our RADAR sign.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org