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Police to put the brakes on side street speeders

August 28, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

"Speeding on side streets has always been a concern of ours," said Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci. "Complaints on speeding have increased significantly throughout the city, not just in the school zones."

Colucci said over the next few weeks, the Canfield Police will be out in force and will be writing citations.

"There are no quotas for tickets," he said. "Never has been and never will be. But we want our residents to maintain a quality of life they have come to expect."

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Canfield Patrol Officer Katee Sweeney checks a vehicle’s speed with a hand-held laser radar unit. It will be one of several steps to stop speeders on side streets within the city as the fair and school begins.

He said speeding on side streets is a safety issue, and one that will be dealt with over the coming weeks.

Another issue is school bus safety. The laws for stopping for a school bus can be complicated, but within the city of Canfield, when a bus displays red and a stop sign, the vehicles in both directions have to stop, and remain stopped until the bus resumes and the flashing red lights go out.

Assistant Police Chief Scott Weamer said running a stopped bus signal is one of the few citations that doesn't need a police officer to observe. The bus driver can report the violation and the motorist can be cited based on the bus driver's observation.

Both Colucci and Weamer said they would rather see "zero citations, and would rather see driving behaviors change."

For the near future, the Canfield Police will be out in force, insuring Canfield City streets are safe.



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