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Crackdown on speeders under way in Bethel Park

| Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dorothy Fitzgerald saw cars stopping for two "dancing" turkeys in the road outside her apartment complex in Bethel Park.

If only drivers on Highland Road would do the same for the residents of Chanticleer Condominiums.

"Something needs to be done for everyone, not just us older people," said Fitzgerald, 100, after she and about 20 other senior residents attended a recent council meeting to complain about traffic conditions outside their home.

Bethel Park police responded last week with a crackdown on speeders. Chief John Mackey said his officers cited nine drivers one morning.

Resident Marjorie Cavett told council members she recently counted 30 cars whizzing through a crosswalk outside the complex before one stopped.

"Cars are on top of you before you know it," said Ken Lehmann, who acted as a spokesman for the resident group.

Fitzgerald said she and other residents use the crosswalk to get to a local grocery store or St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Mackey asked Bob Cygrymus, director of community services, to have a crew repaint the crosswalk in the street. The chief said he also would put an electronic monitor that displays speeds to drivers at the crosswalk.

In addition, officials will provide fluorescent green pedestrian crossing signs.

Mackey asked the residents if someone at Chanticleer -- such as a maintenance worker -- could take responsibility for those signs, because they often are stolen. Residents said they would take care of that.

Councilman Mark O'Brien also asked residents to be the "eyes and ears" of police and report license plate numbers of frequent speeders to police.

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