Responding to a noticeable increase in the number of car accidents in the borough as well as repeated complaints about speeding vehicles, the Gettysburg Police Department has set up speed check points at several places.
“I’m getting a lot of emails about speeding,” said Mayor Rita Frealing.
Police Chief Robert Glenny said officers had been assigned to monitor traffic on 4th St. and on W. Middle St. near Hay Ave. Glenny said there were no citations given during 4 hours of observation on 4th St. but that 9 citations and 2 verbal warnings were given along W. Middle St. in the same time period.
Glenny said speed monitoring would be continuing in the borough.
Saying many drivers did not stop at the well-marked crosswalk, councilmember Matt Moon suggested the pedestrian crossing at the corner of Lefever and Baltimore Streets was another area where enforcement would be useful.
Glenny said the dept. would continue with targeted enforcement. “We’re limited with our pools,” he said.
Glenny said speed enforcement was made using VASCAR or ENRADD techniques, both approved speed timing devices for municipal police. The department is prohibited by state law from using RADAR.
“Were’ trying to do things with the tools we have,” said Council President Wes Heyser.
In other business, Borough Manager Charles Gable said collected pillow tax revenue in the borough was leveling off, but that parking revenues remained strong.
Main St. Gettysburg Executive Directors Jill Sellers said 103 new commemorative bricks will be installed on the square in November.