STRATTANVILLE - Pennsylvania State Police will step up patrols in Strattanville Borough as complaints about speeding traffic even racing about side streets mount.

Kelly and Denny Clinger, residents along Washington Street, returned to council's June 9 meeting to voice their concerns about the matter.

The Clingers attended the May meeting of council, but a lack of quorum prevented any action and only two council members were on hand to hear the concerns.

This month, with council members Bob Rawson, Rick Thompson, Karen Reddick and Wes Lander on hand, the Clingers told of two cars "racing" along Washington Street and "blowing through" stop signs.

Thompson said he, too, witnessed the racing cars.

"It's getting scary along our little road," said Kelly Clinger.

Strattanville officials have several times asked the state police for an increased presence in the borough.

After the Clingers left the meeting, state police Cpl. Scott Yockey arrived at the session, offering an apology for his late arrival.

Yockey said state police will conduct a concentrated violation check within the borough.

Yockey said borough residents can help by keeping a log of offenses they witness and if possible, getting the activities on video.

"Cameras don't lie," said Yockey. "In fact, the reason I was late tonight involved an incident where the suspect was caught on video and we were able to act right away.

"More people have cameras now than you realize. Cameras can be a big deterrent."

The Clingers had noted there are many children who play along Washington Street and council members said the same is true along Ridge Avenue.

The speeding traffic endangers those children, council members agreed.

Rawson said he sees a lot of speeding along Ridge Avenue as people go to work in the morning and when they return in the evening.

"Since we've had this COVID thing, commonsense seems to have gone out the window," said Rawson.

"Commonsense was gone long before COVID," countered Yockey.

Reddick asked if a video recording of offenses was enough to have a suspect charged with traffic violations.

Yockey said that depended on several factors.

The most important being the offender must be clearly identifiable.

"You can't charge a vehicle," said Yockey.

Also, the person recording the incident must be willing testify in court about the incident and taking the recording.

"Oh, I'd be willing to testify," said Reddick."

Yockey also said all appropriate traffic signing must be displayed according to law.

Borough maintenance supervisor Rusty Davis said past experiences and efforts led to all signage being verified as legally installed and displayed.

Yockey said the violation checks will include side streets.

"We'll get off (U.S. Route) 322," pledged Yockey.

Yockey said the main goal is to ensure the safety of borough residents and the motoring public.

"Safety is always our first concern," said Yockey.

Switzer resigns

In what could be considered a related matter, council accepted the resignation of fellow councilmember Wade Switzer.

In his letter of resignation, Switzer said he hopes council will continue to work on the speeding problems.

Switzer added, though, he doesn't want a speeding incident to end with anyone being seriously hurt or kills and know council could have prevented it.

Switzer submitted the letter last month, but a lack of quorum at the May meeting prevented any action.

Council appointed William "Chad" Hollenbaugh to finish Switzer's term, which expires at the end of 2021.

"He's a good egg who will be good to have on council with us," Rawson said in suggesting Hollenbaugh for the seat.

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