Lincoln police crack down on speeding after slow summer

Lincoln police crack down on speeding after slow summer

LINCOLN – The number of citations issued for speeding in Lincoln dipped over the summer, in part due to the pandemic, but Town Administrator Joe Almond says traffic enforcement is getting renewed priority this fall.

Responding to resident complaints, Almond said he and Police Chief Brian Sullivan “have had a lot of serious conversations” about speeding over the past few months.

“The traffic stop numbers we looked at were way too low through the summer,” he said.

In fairness to police, there was a “stand down” period for a few months due to the pandemic, when they were advised not to take unnecessary risks in potentially exposing themselves to the virus, said Almond.

“Once we learned more about the virus and mask-wearing, we decided we could really get back to enforcement,” he said.

The topic of speeding has been raised at several recent town meetings, including the Town Council and Planning Board, as well as on social media, with dozens of residents coming forward to express concerns about dangerous driving in neighborhoods.

Almond said Lincoln uses its two Bluetooth radar trailers to collect data, information that then drives policing efforts. The information collected includes the times of day when drivers are more likely to put the pedal to the metal on certain streets.

“You want to get the data first. That’s what we have the trailers for, so you can appropriately enforce traffic laws,” Almond said. “Otherwise, you could have an officer sitting out there for hours at the wrong time.”

The trailers tend to follow the complaints, Almond said, and he hears from one of Lincoln’s Town Council members “at least twice a week” regarding a resident’s concerns with speeding.

“I’m grateful that the police are stepping up enforcement,” Almond said.

As far as alternative solutions to police posts and radar trailers, Almond said additions such as speed bumps, temporary stop signs and speed cameras are not on the table for Lincoln.

“I’m not picking on other communities, but the speed cameras are a revenue generator. I don’t know what a future Town Council or town administrator would do, but I don’t believe in grabbing revenue through fining,” he said.

Comments

I believe there are speed cameras up ready and waiting on the new stop lights on Route 116. Not sure if it's town or state but I highly doubt it's state. This was one of my platforms when I ran for Council back in 2006. I think it's a great idea. Additionally, it's another form of a deterrent and it would take some load off Officers' as well.

Speed bumps: I don't believe we should place speed bumps in every hot spot but maybe consideration in certain areas where they would be most effective. There has to be some locations in town where they would work.