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Forks looks to slow down speeders

FORKS TWP., Pa. - Officials in one growing Northampton County community are looking for ways to slow down speeding drivers.

The issue came up at Thursday's Forks Township Board of Supervisors meeting, in response to a request last month by residents of the neighborhood near Jamie Court and Meco Road, who had asked for a four-way stop sign at that intersection.

Residents argue that the presence of a school bus stop, plus a number of children in the neighborhood, warrants a stop sign, or at least a new traffic study.

Supervisors declined Thursday to back a $2,500 traffic study at the intersection, based on the township engineer's argument that it would likely reflect the findings of an earlier study that recommended against a four-way stop at Meco and Jamie.

"We want to do something, but we don't want to spend $2,500 if the answer is going to be no anyway," Supervisor Dan Martyak said.

But the township is interested in an alternative: a so-called "speed trailer," which would let drivers know how fast they're going.

It would help at Meco and Jamie, as well as any other problem spots.

"We could set it up anywhere," board Chairman John O'Neill said. "If I'm doing 50 in a 25 mph zone and I see that, I'm going to hit the brakes before the chief pulls me over."

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