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Millcreek Police Catching Speeders In The Zone

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Speed in a school zone, and it'll cost you.
As the end of the school year approaches, local police are cracking down on drivers, putting your children at risk.

12News hit the streets with Millcreek police, as they catch speeders in the zone.

It didn't take too long to spot drivers going well above the 15-mile per hour school zone speed limit.
12News tagged along with Millcreek Police Corporal Anthony Chimera as he cracked down on drivers, putting children at risk, in township school zones.

"Most of the people I'm stopping are speeding through school zones because of the fact that they're distracted by something," said Cpl. Chimera. "Something's taking their mind off of what they're doing, they're not paying attention to school zone signs, they're not seeing the kids, and it makes for a dangerous situation" Cpl Chimera added.

And with the weather getting warmer and the school year coming to a close in less than a month, police say it's bound to get even worse.

"Maybe they got the radio up, the weather is nice, they're typically not paying attention to their speed," said Chimera.

School zone speed violations can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500, get caught twice, and you can loose your license.
And Cpl. Chimera says contrary to what some drivers may believe, for him, it's not about racking up tickets.

"In the end, it comes down to keeping our kids safe in the school zones," Cpl. Chimera said.

Municipal police aren't allowed to use radar for speed enforcement. In fact, Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where that's the case. So local police have to rely on more primitive technology to catch speeders.
"We used speed reference lines and we have them at various places throughout the township," said Cpl. Chimera. "We measure the distance that a person travels and the time that it takes them to travel that distance. So when you have time and distance it equals speed," Cpl. Chimera added.

A proposed bill, that's now in the state Senate, would allow local police to use radar.
And Millcreek police say it'd certainly help them keep township roads safer.
"If someone complains of speeding in their neighborhood we can't immediately address their concerns unfortunately," said Millcreek Police Captain Carter Mook. "With a radar gun at our disposal that's something we can do," Carter Mook added.

We've got lots of calls to our newsroom, with people complaining of drivers speeding through school zones in the city of Erie, specifically those schools that only have signs, not the blinking lights.
If you know of a problem area, you can call Erie police at 870-1107 or Millcreek police at 838-9515.
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