SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Lucas County city is seeing hundreds of speeding violators, and it has people concerned.
Box Lane, which runs along Interstate-475, has a speed limit of just 25 mph, but Sylvania Police said drivers speed down the street at their own rate. As a result, police have set up one of their two speed trailers to remind drivers how fast they are traveling. Although the devices do not initiate tickets, police said it does help slow down drivers.
Sylvania Police have several ways to combat speeders. All patrol cars are equipped with radars in the front and back, plus have lasers to read speed, which usually work faster than radar detectors.
"One of the primary things we do are called 'selective enforcements,' which are basically mini traffic enforcement campaigns," said Captain Rick Schnoor.
Residents said they are concerned about what could happen when cars jet through the area.
"I have young kids, and we stay on a corner lot so it's kind of disturbing when you look. Your kids are out, maybe riding their bike or something, and you see cars flying down the street," said Charon Flowers.
Flowers lives right off of Box Lane and said she sees people blow past 25 mph all the time.
"I've had to call Sylvania Police a couple of times because we have people truly, just flying down the street with no intentions of braking," explained Flowers.
Sylvania Police said speeding is the top complaint in their area, mainly because most of the roads are residential. They said they receive calls at least once or twice a week. With two high schools and six elementary schools, people are worried about the children's safety since they are on summer break.
"Speed enforcement and traffic enforcement, in general, is one of our primary concerns. That, and the safety of our children and families here in the city," said Schnoor.
Police said in the last three months, they have issued 113 citations, plus 215 written warnings.
"We're going to do everything we can to keep the motorists happy and keep the residents happy," said Schnoor.
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