Speed violators in Allentown will have to make a mandatory court appearance

Drivers who are caught speeding in one Monmouth County town will have to do more than pay a speeding ticket.

News 12 Staff

Feb 11, 2022, 10:32 PM

Updated 894 days ago

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Drivers who are caught speeding in one Monmouth County town will have to do more than pay a speeding ticket.
“If you’re going to speed, stay out of Allentown,” says Mayor Thomas Fritts.
Fritts says that speeding and increased traffic in his town has become a safety issue.
"It's mostly on our fringes. We've had a lot of commercial development, which we continue to fight against, and it has increased employees at local warehouses and corporations. And it’s people avoiding the highways because they know they can travel the back roads,” the mayor says. “They often use them like a raceway.”
The borough has now posted signs letting drivers know that if they are pulled over in an enforcement zone, they must appear in court.
"For some people, the added inconvenience, the time spent to go out and go to a court session, might make someone think twice about speeding through town,” says Allentown Police Chief Daniel Panckeri.
Some Allentown residents tell News 12 New Jersey that they agree with the new rules.
"Some people aren't happy about it, but I think most are. It's not asking a lot. If you get stopped for speeding, you go to court. Sure, why not,” says Stu Povick.
"I think it's time they bring back our laws and if that's what it takes to get our laws in order, then that's what they need to do,” says Jeanette Muehleisen, of Hamilton.
The speed limit on Main Street is 25 mph. But it isn’t the only street in Allentown that is in the enforcement zone.
"This affects Church Street, Main Street, Waker Avenue. High Street is always a speed enforcement zone because it's in a school area and our area of Yardville Allentown Road here out of town,” says Fritts.
More signs will be posted in the coming weeks.
Fritts says the town is also working to ban truck traffic through town, which he says is causing issues for residents and visitors.


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