April 18, 1989 |
Amtrak wants a federal judge to invalidate the 39-m.p.h. speed limit set by Pennsauken on trains passing through the township. The National Railroad Passenger Corp., which operates Amtrak, sued the township Friday, arguing that federal regulations regarding train speeds supersede any state or local laws. Concerned about public safety in the wake of plans to build the so-called Gamblers' Express train line between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, Pennsauken passed an ordinance on Oct. 27, 1986, imposing the 39-m.
October 6, 1988 |
In response to residents' complaints that the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit on Primos Avenue is too high, the Glenolden Borough Council has endorsed a proposal to lower the limit to 25 miles per hour. The council's action at its caucus Tuesday night was prompted by a letter sent by state Rep. Ronald Raymond (R., Delaware) stating that several residents of both Glenolden and Folcroft had told him that the road was dangerous with a 35 mile-per-hour limit. According to council president Thomas Connery, the Folcroft Borough Council has agreed to write a letter to the state Department of Transportation urging it to lower the speed limit on Primos Avenue, which is on the boundary shared by Folcroft and Glenolden.
January 12, 1989 |
The speed limit on the Primos Avenue Bridge that runs between Folcroft and Glenolden will remain at 35 m.p.h. despite efforts by the two boroughs to have it lowered. At the Folcroft Borough Council meeting Monday night, Councilman Thomas Coletti, chairman of the Highway Committee, announced that PennDOT had conducted an engineering and traffic study on Primos Avenue and decided not to lower the speed limit. In a letter sent to both boroughs, PennDOT district traffic engineer Douglas May said, "The results of the study indicated that a reduction of the speed limit is not warranted.
April 25, 1991 |
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors has accepted the offer of three Saw Mill Road residents who have volunteered their driveways for use by police in conducting a traffic survey. Several residents of Saw Mill and connecting roads presented a petition to the board Monday night, asking for its help in reducing the speed limit on Saw Mill Road to 25 m.p.h. from the current 35 m.p.h. and in installing stop signs at five connecting roads. Cynthia O'Donnell, a Saw Mill Road resident who circulated the petition, told the board that increased traffic and speeding traffic, particularly around curves in the road, posed a danger to those living nearby and to pedestrians using the road.
March 20, 1987
The 55-mile-per-hour speed limit was adopted in the midst of the energy crisis to save fuel. It has survived into the oil-glut era because it also saves lives. The problem is that people no longer obey it and police rarely enforce it. Interstate highways were designed to be driven at speeds as fast as 70 m.p.h. and even the most law-abiding people find that they whisk along the highways at illegal speeds without feeling any sense of guilt or peril. If the 55-m.p.h. limit now seems questionable to residents of the highly urbanized Northeast corridor, you can imagine how popular it is in Montana or West Texas or any of those other places where people drive 90 miles for dinner and a movie.
July 13, 1989 |
Another Uwchlan neighborhood wants lower speed limits. John Mesher, who lives in the Charter Oaks development, gave the township supervisors a petition with 112 signatures asking that the proposed 30-m.p.h. speed limit be reduced to 25 m.p.h. because of safety concerns. Mesher said that there were about 175 children under age 12 in the development of about 120 houses, and that they were likely to play in the street because of small, steep yards. "We hear you, and we'll do whatever we can to help," said C. Ward Braceland, supervisors chairman, at the meeting Monday.
December 21, 2004
Re: Inaccurate Radar Guns. Pennsylvania has not set or enforced posted speed limits for safety reasons for a long time. The establishment sees the enforcement program as a revenue generator, not a safety program. Any police department that found out many of its tickets were questionable due to faulty equipment would voluntarily dismiss them, and request the court to refund fines already collected. That would be the honorable thing to do, but it was not done. If the program was really about safety, then that would be the mindset of everyone connected.
April 25, 1990 |
Pass Buzby's General Store, the Harmony Gun Club, the municipal office- trailer, scattered homesteads and poof! in a swirl of Pine Barren's dust, you are out of Chatsworth - a man-made variation in the wild blur of evergreen and sand along Route 563. Summer people drive this road to get to Bass River State Park - fast. Resident Charles Robinson knows. From his front porch he has seen cars fly across the tiny bridge that marks the entrance to Chatsworth. From a spot in the town's core he has used a radar detector to clock vehicles bolting through.
October 12, 1986 |
There's a battle brewing on the upper Delaware River between powerboaters and the National Park Service. At issue is a proposed 5 m.p.h. speed limit on all boating along 37 miles of the river below the Delaware Water Gap. The park service wants it, but arrayed in opposition are several vocal boating groups. Park rangers see a clear-cut safety problem in the narrow waterway that meanders through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Boaters see a bureaucratic menace and argue that a 5 m.p.h.
March 29, 1990 |
Traffic, water and sewer issues, chemical spills and zoning were among the issues addressed Monday by the Warwick supervisors in a meeting that lasted more than three hours. A traffic ordinance lowering the speed limit on Guinea Lane from 35 m.p.h. to 25 m.p.h. was adopted in a 2-1 vote. Supervisor Arthur L. Pease 3d, who lives on Guinea Lane, voted against it. He did not agree with the other supervisors that the higher speed on the two-lane road separating Warwick and Warrington Townships was a safety concern.