Police & Fire

Scotch Plains Police Officers Are Putting the Brakes on Speeders


Would you like a chance to meet a Scotch Plains Police Officer? If you’re speeding in Scotch Plains, chances are you will.

In response to countless complaints from residents about speeding on our streets, Scotch Plains Police Chief Brian T. Mahoney has instructed his Patrol Division as well as his Traffic Bureau to make speeding, and careless driving, a top priority.

“Our police vehicles are equipped with state of the art radar units and officers that are trained to use them”, said Chief Mahoney. The new initiative is called, “Slow Down or Pay Up”.

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"Speeding is a large contributor to fatal motor vehicle accidents," said Scotch Plains Police Captain Brian Donnelly in a phone conversation with TAP Into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. "We are making this a priority."

“Slow Down or Pay Up” is not a two week crack down. Speeding and careless driving near schools, on narrow residential roads, and on primary roadways, will simply no longer be tolerated, according to Mahoney.

Earlier in the year, the speed limit on Cooper Rd. had been reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph. In addition, the speed limit has been reduced to 30 mph on Jerusalem Rd. and Raritan Rd.

There are no quick fixes to combat speeders. “The plan is simple," said Mahoney. “Slow Down or Pay Up”.

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