Keep neighborhood streets safe; heed speed limit

| Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

For the second straight summer, Cranberry residents will be reminding motorists not to speed through their neighborhoods once school is out.

Fifteen homeowners' associations and neighborhoods have signed up for the 2013 Slow Down Campaign, according to township Assistant Manager Duane McKee.

The campaign is part of the national Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 initiative, reminding motorists to heed the 25 mph speed limit in residential neighborhoods.

Last year, McKee said, speed counters showed that the campaign apparently raised awareness about speeding, and motorists drove slower.

“The results are never earth-shattering, but there were noticeable changes,” he said.

“I think if anything, it raises awareness within those (housing) developments.”

The campaign starts June 8 and continues through June 16, after schools let out for summer break.

A second round resumes Aug. 26 and continues through Sept. 6, when classes resume.

Residents will place large signs on their lawns with slogans including, “Be a Role Model, Drive 25,” and “Hang Up and Drive 25.”

Two speed-measuring devices will be rotated throughout the neighborhoods, alerting motorists to their speeds.

A three-officer traffic unit will patrol the neighborhoods.

The participating homeowners' associations are: Cranberry Heights, Autumn Hill, Orchard Park, Pinehurst, Winchester Lakes, Freedom Woods, Walden Pond, Creek Wood Commons, Hunters Creek, Lakevue Estates, Glen Eden, Settlers Grove, Glenbrook and Carriage Manor. Also, McKee said, residents along Freedom Road, the corridor from Cranberry into Beaver County, will participate.

Township police Lt. Kevin Meyer said speeding in neighborhoods isn't confined to one part of the township.

“We periodically get complaints of speeding in the neighborhoods, and we get in there with our traffic unit and do what we need to do,” Meyer said.

Meyer said the township's engineering department also will use sensors on the roads to compile information such as traffic volume and speeds.

The campaign costs $1,750, including printing the lawn signs, and is paid for through sponsorships by the Cranberry Township Community Chest, Rj Development Co. in Cranberry and Re/Max Select Realty in Cranberry and Ed Rae, Re/Max Select Realty's founder and president.

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Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or

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