Lawrence police crack down on speeding drivers to keep neighborhoods safe

LAWRENCE, Ind. — After months of complaints, police in Lawrence are cracking down on drivers speeding through neighborhood streets. They are installing new speed monitors to keep drivers from putting the pedal to the metal.

There are four new speed monitoring devices in place around the city. They are installed in Brookhaven along Katherine Drive, in Winding Ridge, on Bearsdale Drive and in Old Lawrence.

The goal is to make motorists more aware of their speeds and also allow police to collect data so they can allocate the necessary resources.

“Speeding is always an issue, especially in these residential areas where the speed limit is 25 sometimes it is hard to gauge how far you’re going in these high powered vehicles at a lower speed,” said Lawrence Police Department, Sgt. Matthew Miller.

Ashley Picheido lives near the intersection of 48th and Katherine Drive, one of four locations where the monitors sit. Picheido says in the last nine years she’s caught drivers speeding on her block daily.

“I've yelled at a couple of them like you need to slow down,” said Picheido.

Yelling didn’t help, but the police did. Sgt. Miller says the devices will collect the data for them so officers don’t have to worry about being in the right place at the right time.

“We’re going to extract the information from them at a later time and allocate resources to the area to keep people to slow down,” said Sgt. Miller.

Tim Helmick lives at 48th and Richardt Ave., he says he’s already seen a decrease in speed with the new device but not everyone obeys the speed limit.

“We’ve watched the sign through our house windows the last couple of days, we’ve seen it all the way to 50. I mean it’s not everybody but it helps,” Helmick said.

Helmick lives down the street from a school where many parents and children are often in the area.

“Over the years we’ve had students struck by vehicles on the way to school,” said Sgt. Miller.

But police and neighbors are hoping this device will keep children safe and remind drivers to slow down.

“It’s another step in the process I think, and I think it’s a good step,” said Helmick.

Police say they will be moved to other neighborhoods periodically.

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