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Speed doesn't pay

Published August 20. 2011 09:03AM

Dozens of drivers - sixty-five to be exact - found out that Lehighton isn't a place to go if you like to speed.

The Lehighton Police Department utilized its Excessive Speed Preventer (ESP) at six locations and found that a number of motorists were ignoring posted speed limits.

On a recent Wednesday night, the ESP machine was utilized on Bankway, where the speed limit is 25 mph, and 21 drivers were cited in a three-hour period. The minimum speed recorded was 37 mph and the fastest car was clocked at 51 miles per hour.

There also were 21 drivers cited on Gypsy Hill Road, where the speed is also 25 miles per hour, during a four-hour period on a Wednesday night. The minimum speed recorded was 40 mph, while the fastest driver was 54 mph. Three cars were clocked at 50 mph or faster.

In the 300 block of South Seventh Street on a Thursday evening, three motorists were ticketed for traveling 38-40 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.

In the 400 block of North First Street, also a 25 mph zone, seven tickets were given on a Saturday night during a three-hour period.

Motorist were cited for traveling between 40 and 43 mph. One motorist was also arrested for driving with a suspended license.

On a Thursday night in the same block of North First Street, three citations were given by police in a 90-minute period for drivers traveling between 41 and 48 mph.

Ten drivers got nailed for driving faster than 25 mph in the 200 block of South Ninth Street on a recent Monday night between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. The speeds of the cited motorists ranged from 39 to 45 mph.

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