Police cracking down on speeders

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A noticed increase in speeding along town streets has prompted Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott to ask residents to adhere to speed limits, or face getting a ticket.

Scott recently met with Mount Olive Police Department Chief Tommy Brown about concerns that have been brought to his attention: mainly speeding on thoroughfares like Breazeale Avenue, Center Street and Church Street, he said.

Police are already beefing up patrols on these roads and others, Scott said.

Once school starts back, next month, speeders can expect a continued watchful eye from police.

“We try to make our streets safe for everyone, and paying attention to everything around you while driving is the most important thing. Use of cellphones and texting while driving is against state law. It carries a big fine and an increase in insurance rates,” the mayor said. “Please slow down and respect those around you. Pass this on to your neighbors, too.”

Town Manager Charles Brown said he often hears complaints about speeding, but catching the leadfoots aren’t always easy.

One enforcement issue rests in the number of officers certified to use radar equipment in the Police Department. There are three, currently, he said.

MOPD continues to try to increase its rank of radar operators.

Another effort underway to crack down on speeders are seen in signs around town that tell drivers how fast they are going, but the equipment isn’t cheap.

Those signs cost around $3,000, Brown said.

“We are working diligently to get more of our officers radar certified, and in many cases when you see one of our officers out on the (U.S. Highway) 117 bypass they are there with an instructor for radar certification,” Brown said. The signs local police have right now will be moved into areas where there are more complaints of speeding.

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