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Pleasantville Targets Bedford Road Truck Traffic

The police department has handed out summonses to truck drivers on the major village street.

Pleasantville's Bedford Road is a main thoroughfare in the village stretching from Route 117 through the Old Village, making it a convenient way to visit a variety of businesses and residences along the way.

However, the street is not open to delivery trucks weighing more than five tons that are passing through the village (rather than stopping for a delivery along the way).

Bedford Road resident Michelle Lucia has been a at village board meetings highlighting what she believes are continued violations of the local law.

After Lucia brought the issue to the attention of the board in early June, she called in to the June 25 meeting seeking an update.

Mayor Peter Scherer assured her that the has been diligent about issuing summonses to truck drivers violating the law.

"So far in the month of June, the police have issued 12 summonses related to commercial vehicle enforcement on Bedford Road and also have had 17 warnings of those violations," Scherer shared during the meeting.

Lucia said, "I am happy to hear there is enforcement...the next step is to have fines levied."

Scherer pointed out, "I think it's pretty clear the average truck driver is trying to avoid getting tickets. We intend to keep up the pressure...at least the regular drivers will cut it out."

While Lucia asked if the police might be targeting smaller deliver trucks rather than "the 18-wheeler Coca Cola trucks that go down to Jean-Jacques," Scherer responded, "I have no reason to think there is selective enforcement."

Trustee Colleen Griffin Wagner added she saw police pull over a beer truck on the road the Thursday prior.

"It was nice to see with my own eyes," she stated.

Said Scherer, "We continue to apply some resources to that program wherever we can and I think we should be able to see some results fairly soon."


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Helen July 03, 2012 at 01:38 PM
How about ticketing the many cars & trucks that speed on Bedford Road between Pace Univ and the village? Average speed is at least 55 mph and it's dangerous for children and adults walking there. If word gets out that police will ticket speeder than maybe they'll slow down. Someone will get hurt on that road from speeding cars - it's just a matter of time.
Bill July 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Our Police Dept needs a higher more visible profile in our community. This should involve more police patrols around our village through out the day & especially peak hours of am & pm rush hours and of course the "Last Call" Bar traffic
john apicelli July 03, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I wonder why people commenting fail to leave their full names?...John Apicelli

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