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Speeding on McLaughlin Run Road Becoming a Big Problem

Bridgeville police wrote 32 speeding tickets and seven other traffic citations on the road in October.

Speeding is becoming a major issue on McLaughlin Run Road in Bridgeville.

Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said his department wrote 32 speeding tickets and seven other traffic citations along the road in October.

King said residents near Coolidge Street started complaining about speeders in early October, prompting officers to increase patrols in the area. The results surprised King when the roadway overtook Bower Hill Road as the town’s new speedzone.

“We received some complaints on McLaughlin and we’ve been hitting it hard. It’s unbelievable,” King said. “If we’re writing this many tickets then there’s an obvious problem there.”

And the problem is continuing in November. King said they’re on pace to match the October ticket results this month.

“I don’t ever remember it being like this,” King said. “It’s certain roads at certain times.”

The speed limit is 25 miles per hour in the area, and King said they’ve clocked most people driving faster than 40 and, in some cases, 50 mph.

However, the recent installation of three “speed humps” along Ridge Road apparently is helping to slow motorists down, King said. He said officers monitored that area last week and didn’t ticket any motorists for speeding.

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Terry Jones November 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Glad they are monitoring that road. Cars are constantly flying on that road. Good job Bridgeville PD.
Karen November 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The "speed humps" are not helping. It has turned our street into a Kennywood ride! Very few people slow down. Most slow down then floor it to get to the next hump. The three humps are so far apart that they can get their speed up. Or you have the people that just like to hit all of them at normal or excelerated speed. It doesn't even effect the larger delivery trucks. I appreciate Bridgeville's attempt. But it's not really helping.
Mike Jones (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Karen... Actual "speed bumps" are not permitted in most municipalities. It was explained that there are concerns about slowing down emergency vehicles or causing problems with snow plows. The only other option is traffic enforcement, which it seems like Bridgeville police is trying right now.
Gina November 28, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I'm glad they are finally doing something about the speeding it is really bad and getting worse. My daughters bus stop is on the corner of McLaughlin and Maple and they just fly around the bend i'm always afraid someone is going to come up on the curb when they lose control of their car or truck. Some of them don't even stop for the bus when its lights are flashing!! Hopefully they will be able to get it under control.

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