Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 19:47
Village marshal promises increased patrols in area, encourages neighbors to report moving violations
Now that Fredonia Avenue has become a sprawling construction zone, Martin Drive has become the favored thoroughfare for traffic racing through the village.
A Martin Drive resident drove home that point at last weekâ€™s Village Board meeting, saying speeding has become a common occurrence since construction barricades were erected on both ends of Fredonia Avenue.
â€śWe have a really bad speeding problem, with cars frequently going 35 mph or 40 mph in a 25 mph zone,â€ť Hristo Todorov said.
One evening, Todorov said a motorcycle raced through the neighborhood so fast it was doing â€śwheelies.â€ť
â€śI bought our home in Fredonia so we could raise our kids in a safe environment,â€ť he said.
Village Marshal Mike Davel said the speeding issue was not unanticipated and his deputies are already working to address the problem.
â€śSpeeding is a common concern and it is a valid concern,â€ť Davel said, noting the departmentâ€™s part-time officers routinely monitor traffic on the residential street when they are on duty.
â€śOur officers are hard-pressed to be in all places. Obviously, if we saw a motorcycle doing a wheelie he would have been ticketed or even arrested.â€ť
One of the most effective ways to control speeders, Davel said, is to get the neighbors involved in enforcement.
â€śIf you see a vehicle speeding, if you can get a license plate number and give us a call we will take it from there,â€ť he said.
â€śWe are a small town police department and we take the time to deal with these kinds of issues.â€ť
Davel predicted the amount of speeding would drop when word gets out that tickets are being issued and limits are being enforced.
He said a digital speed board is also being used along the road for much of the construction period.
Davel said the board will be near the east end of Martin Drive for the remainder of the school year, to track school traffic.
Later in the summer, the sign will be moved on the west end of the road.