McKeesport police work to curb scofflaw drivers
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, 3:16 a.m.
McKeesport police are implementing measures to curb speeding and aggressive driving in Renziehausen Park.
Police have increased their presence in the park since council heard complaints at its October meeting about drivers ignoring stop signs and exceeding the 10 mph speed limit.
A digital LED monitor has been used to help motorists determine if they are traveling too fast.
“The number one priority of my administration is the safety of each and every one of our residents,” Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “When you take an area like Renzie Park that is enjoyed by so many people throughout the year, and not just the city of McKeesport but surrounding communities, it is extremely important to us.”
Police Chief Bryan Washowich said officers will be positioned “to monitor if, in fact, there are any speeders. The officers will use their discretion on whether they are going to issue citations, or written or verbal warnings.
“Our ultimate goal is to remind everyone that that is a heavily populated area,” Washowich said. “It is patronized by a lot of young adults, kids and senior citizens.”
The chief said he has not received any feedback from residents about the new measures.
The mayor said he heard complaints about aggressive drivers prior to the meeting, and that city officials have discussed installing speed bumps in the park.
“Because of liability issues, (it) is something that we have to be very careful of,” he said.
Cherepko said an alternative may be speed humps, which are wider.
“I don't know if that's an option at this time, but I can tell you it's an option that we are exploring,” he said. “To get regular speed bumps is not something that I foresee us doing.”
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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