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Liberty council addresses school bus stop complaint

| Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 3:36 a.m.

A Liberty resident complained to borough council on Wednesday that speeding near a bus stop on Washington Boulevard before and after school poses a danger to children.

“Somebody needs to do something,” said Jeff Rhodes, who said he has seen drivers going as fast as 60 mph in a school zone close to the Glassport border. The speed limit is 15 mph.

“It's not being enforced,” he said.

Police Chief Luke Riley said his department has stepped up patrols in the area and recently issued 30 citations.

Riley said police will continue to keep an eye open for dangerous drivers, but the department doesn't have manpower to keep a cruiser stationed in the area all of the time.

Riley, a member of the South Allegheny school board, and George Gobel, solicitor for the borough and the school district, said Rhodes made similar claims at a school board meeting earlier in the evening.

Responding to Rhodes' claim that there is documentation of dangerous driving near the stop, Gobel advised him to present it to police.

Referring to the number of tickets that have been issued, Gobel said, “I don't know what more police can do.”

Council discussed adding a flashing sign to alert motorists that they are entering a school zone, but borough officials said PennDOT would have to place the sign because Washington Boulevard is a state road.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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