Charlestown wants to crack down on speed­ers

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA


Com­mis­sioner Joseph Letts noted that if the town is go­ing to start writ­ing speed­ing tick­ets, both res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents would be at risk for a fine. En­force­ment is the key to de­creas­ing speed­ing, he added.

“The an­swer is en­force­ment,” Letts said. “I don’t like it ... but un­til we can af­ford en­force­ment, we’re prob­a­bly go­ing to have to live with it.”

Com­mis­sioner Bruce Hech­mer noted the town could pur­chase speed cam­eras, but they are ex­pen­sive.

Du­range sug­gested putting a no­tice in the town’s monthly let­ter mak­ing res­i­dents aware of speed­ing and the dan­gers it poses to the town.{p class=”western”} An au­di­ence mem­ber sug­gested the town use spiked strips, which would in­clude set­ting up a speed sen­sor that would check a per­son’s speed. If the driver is go­ing too fast, the strips would en­gage, re­sult­ing in flat tires. The idea was shot down due to li­a­bil­ity is­sues.

Thomp­son said the next step in the dis­cus­sion is to look at cost es­ti­mates for speed bumps and if there are any other so­lu­tions to curb speed­ing.

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