The Police Department takes traffic safety seriously in Franklin Park and would like to share the following information with you. The Department has issued over 1600 citations and warnings so far this year for various vehicle code violations. If you have a complaint about a traffic issue, please contact the Police Department so we can address it. Any information you can give us concerning specific violators (address, license plate number or driver and vehicle descriptions) would be very helpful.
The number one traffic complaint that the department receives is speeding vehicles. The department uses VASCAR devices (Visual Average Speed Calculator and Recorder) and stopwatches for speed enforcement in the Borough. These devices require the officer to park off the roadway and maintain a clear sight of the reference markers (usually white painted lines) in both daytime and nighttime hours. Once a speeding vehicle is identified, the officer must proceed from a dead stop and attempt to catch up to the violator so that a traffic stop can be made.
Speed enforcement is made more difficult due to legislative restrictions on Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies. Pennsylvania is the ONLY state that does not permit its local law enforcement agencies to use RADAR or LIDAR (laser) speed timing devices. Only the Pennsylvania State Police are permitted to use these devices. Also, for any speed limit 55 MPH or lower, we must give 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit before we can issue a citation. On roads that have a 25 MPH speed limit, we must wait until a vehicle is traveling 36 MPH before we can legally conduct a traffic stop. For roads that have a 45 MPH speed limit, the enforcement speed is 56 MPH. These are outdated and needless regulations that prevent us from enforcing speed effectively and safely. This year the State Senate has passed a commonsense radar bill that allows all law enforcement agencies to use them. However, and as in years past, the legislation never makes it out of the House of Representatives. The Chief of Police and Mayor have written letters and attended meetings with congressional and other elected officials on this subject and we would ask you to please do the same. The only way for us to get legislation passed is if our elected representatives hear from us. Please view the YouTube video “Use of Radar in Pennsylvania” for more information on this important legislation.
Please feel free to contact the Police Department with any questions you may have regarding traffic safety or any of the other services we provide.