City cops want residents to arm themselves with radar guns

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Youngstown Police Department is looking for a few good men and women willing to take up arms and curb minor criminal activity throughout the city.

The minor crime in question is speeding, and the arms — camera-equipped radar guns.

The department needs at least 12 residents willing to undergo training and take to the streets to catch speeders.

Detective Sgt. Anita Davis said the department is ready to kick off its neighborhood speed-watch program. The department will train members of block watches and neighborhood associations to use the radar guns in various areas where speeding has been an issue.

Davis said often drivers are unaware of their speed or the impact it has on the neighborhoods through which they are traveling.

The radar campaign, she said, will encourage motorists to slow down and send a message that residents will no longer tolerate excessive speed in their neighborhoods.

“This is a safety factor in getting people to reduce speed. People should be able to back out of their driveways, and kids should be able to play in the street without getting mowed down by speeding cars,” Davis said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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