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Canfield police to crack down on traffic violations



Published: Fri, September 18, 2009 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Elise Franco

Speed studies by Canfield police showed an increase in motorists and speeding during school months.

CANFIELD — City police say they are through with being lenient on speeders on residential streets.

Police Chief Chuck Colucci said if drivers break the speed limit, they should expect to receive a ticket, not a warning.

He said the city, as well as the school district, has received many calls from concerned residents about drivers going too fast down roads close to the schools.

“A huge problem is that on side streets around Canfield High School, we’re seeing an increased rate of speed before and after school,” he said. “We’ve been getting residents’ complaints, so we’re going to do an increased traffic blitz.”

Colucci said officers will increase presence on side streets close to the schools, especially on Brookpark, South Briarcliff, Neff and Skyline drives, Callahan Road and Hilltop Boulevard. He said these aren’t the only streets that will be more heavily patrolled, however.

“We do hear what residents are saying,” Colucci said. “We’ll do everything we can to slow speeders down.”

He said the police department conducted speed studies this past May, June and July, and concluded that traffic, as well as speed, was higher when school was in session.

“We had one student driver going 54 in a 25,” Colucci said. “A lot were over 40 miles per hour.”

He said this is a common trend, but so many residents called in their concerns that the police department had to respond somehow.

Canfield schools Superintendent Dante Zambrini said the district will work with the police department to remind students about safe and responsible driving.

“Our concern is for our student drivers who are young and inexperienced, and also for any community residents who may be walking in the vicinity,” he said. “It’s about educating our students about the best driving practices. This is not done to be punitive, but to raise the level of concern.”

Colucci said he realizes the problem doesn’t lie solely with student drivers. Zambrini agreed and said adults need to slow down as well.

“It’s not just the kids,” Colucci said. “It’s the morning and afternoon commute to and from work also.”

Colucci said tickets are expensive, and many students don’t realize that anyone under the age of 18 with more than two moving violations risks a license suspension.

“That includes speeding tickets and accident citations,” he said. “The base cost of a speeding ticket is $65, and it only increases from there.”

Colucci said he doesn’t want to issue more tickets, but his officers will do what they must to ensure traffic laws are obeyed.

“It’s not our goal to write tickets,” he said. “I’d rather them benefit from information and realize why they need to obey speed limits.”

efranco@vindy.com


Comments

1ytownsteelman(631 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

40 in a 25 zone is a very common speed. 25 mph is way too slow in all but very extreme cases. Raise the speed limits!

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2Tugboat(759 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Over the years, nationwide, traffic stops have been instrumental in solving major crimes. Remember, "residents called in their concerns" and they responded. Period.

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Nothing more than revenue generation. How many pedestrians have been killed in Canfield? None. How many speeding stops in Canfield have turned into something more serious? Nearly none. Canfield must be a little short of revenue, that's all.

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4DaveA(5 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

As a Canfield Police Officer ( Retired) from 1968 to 1988, we have always been known for our strict speed enforcement as anyone knows that has lived in the City in the pass 41 years since I started.

The same street, especially Brookpark, South Briarcliff, Neff and Skyline drives, Callahan Road and Hilltop Boulevard, Fairgrounds Blvd and N Broad (RT 46) North from the Village Green to the city limits has always been a problem with speed.

All these streets has always been posted 25 MPH. So slow down and you won't get a ticket.

I now live in a Florida city and we have a very strick traffic enforcement.

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5jrbully(16 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

SO WHAT DO YOU WANT THE POLICE IN CANFIELD TO DO, JUST LET EVERYONE DRIVE AS FAST AS THEY FEEL LIKE DRIVING..THEN THE FIRST THING YOU SAY IS WHERE WERE THE POLICE WHEN THAT CHILD WAS HIT!!!!!!! I GREW UP ON 224 AND KNOW HOW FAST PEOPLE DRIVE...GOOD WORK CANFIELD PD.

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6Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The number one thing the police in Canfield are trying to do is make their presence well known. The more violators who are pulled over and the more people who hear about it, the less chance that what is happening on the border with Boardman and Youngstown will happen in Canfield.

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7teddybear6(35 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I wish Boardman Police would come sit right outside my house where there is a speed limit sign of 25 mph and people repeatedly go down the street at higher speeds. There are many kids and elderly in my nieghborhood and the main road has no sidewalks.

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8ytown9999(55 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

When did Canfield become "lenient"???

Anyone who has lived in this Valley knows that you do not speed in Canfield, Poland, Goshen, Green, and a few others or you WILL get a ticket. No ifs ands or buts about it.

If they got lax at some point, I never noticed because I have the common sense not to speed there!

Personally, I'd be happy to live in a place where all the cops and citizens have to worry about is speeders, versus... umm how many murders is Y-Town up to this year?

I wish Boardman and Austintown would follow suit with Canfield and Poland and start cracking down every chance they get. Push the city back into the city.

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9TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

"the city limits has always been a problem with speed."

35 mph on a main road is not a problem. Canfield's speed limits (along with Poland's) are simply deterrents to people from outside of the community. They're ridiculously low. I've stopped visiting both places and the businesses within.

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10tunyia(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I've lived in Canfield my entire life, and live on one of the roads in question. I can definitely say the speeding is out of control. Period. I must say I'm a bit bemused by the hostility towards Canfield..... makes me wonder why you are all so bitter?

As far as the issue of Canfield police officers' salaries, I support every penny they make and will gladly "fork over" the taxes!

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11Enough(32 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

TB, thank you for doing your business elsewhere. As a 50 year resident of Canfield I appreciate the CPD. Please continue shopping on the south side of Youngstown where you can drive as you please and get the "deals" you are obviously shopping for.

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12TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Nice to be welcomed! And nice to see that bigotry and ignorance is alive and well in Cornfield! Keep making your assumptions.

SIlly me, wanting to go above 25 mph on a state route.

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