A pair of Lansdale residents living on Lakeview Drive presented the borough’s public safety committee with its first petition Wednesday, according to chairman Michael Sobel.
Erin McWilliams and Mike Benson hope the petition signed by themselves and their neighbors will prompt police to crack down on motorists speeding through their neighborhood.
According to McWilliams and Benson, the speeding motorists are coming westbound onto Lakeview to avoid the traffic light at North Wales Road and Main Street.
One demand among the many they presented to the committee and borough police chief Robert McDyre was a stop sign where Lakeview Drive intersects with Norway Drive.
“We tell them to slow down, and they curse at us,” McWilliams said. “There are a lot of kids that live on the street and play there.”
Both she and Benson said they have children.
Benson asked McDyre to set up a speed trap along Lakeview or send a patrol unit to observe the traffic.
“I’m telling you, if you ever need to meet a quota, you could do it in about an hour,” he said.
“We don’t have quotas,” McDyre replied. “We can write as many tickets as we want.”
As for a stop sign, McDyre said it was improbable because stop signs are dictated by state mandates; the intersection in question does not fit all warrants involved, one of which is five reported accidents in one year.
Also, when McWilliams and Benson brought up speed bumps, they were told the law states speed bumps can only be placed on private roads, not public roads, such as Lakeview Drive.
McDyre said the first step would be to set “a speed measuring truck” at the intersection to gather raw data.
“Then, we can proceed from there,” he said.
He then told the two not to confront speeding motorists, but they could write down license plates if they wanted.
“We don’t confront them, but sometimes we’ll motion with out hands to slow down, and then we get f-bombs thrown at us,” McWilliams said.