Newtown sets the ‘pace’ with new traffic initiative
NEWTOWN BOROUGH – Borough leaders have come up with a new WUaffic LnLWLaWLvH whLch WhHy aUH hRSLng aWWUacWs SOHnWy Rf aWWHnWLRn, HsSHcLaOOy fURP hHavy-fRRWHG PRWRULsWs WUavHOLng through town.
SRPHWLPH Ln SHSWHPEHU, UHsLGHnWs will receive a hand-delivered letter and a car magnet encouraging them to help set the “pace” for others to follow Ey REHyLng WhH SRsWHG 25 PSh sSHHG limit signs in town.
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