In recent days Bristolians have complained about traffic issues on Green Lane and illegal quads riding around town at high speeds. At Monday nights council meeting, Mayor Joseph Saxton addressed the issues with some suggestions for borough residents.
Saxton said the quad issue is “extremely challenging” and becoming a problem and with that in mind he asked for the publics help with the issue.
I am asking for the publics cooperation for photos or videos to be sent into the the police department. If you know the addresses of where the violators reside please notify us. You can do so anonymously, the Mayor said.
Saxton also addressed traffic complaints with regards to speeding on Green Lane, noting he has also heard from members of council also,
I’ve been working with east ward Councilwoman Lorraine Cullen since February on this issue. There have been 15 details, 27 traffic stops, with 17 citations issued recently, Saxton said.
“I don’t understand why parents are buying quads and motorcycles (dirt bikes) for their kids. You can’t ride them on the streets.”
Residents have lodged complaints about both issues on various borough social media pages and with this publication.
John Ruzin, who lives on Green Lane wondered aloud when were the speeders on busy roadway going to be ticketed.
“Why in the world does Bristol Borough even have posted speed signs in town if they are doing absolutely nothing to enforce them” Ruzin posted recently.
Another resident posted a picture of three dirt bikers riding down Pond Street , with one rider popping a wheelie. Commenters wondered why officers were not chasing the dirt bike enthusiasts.
“The possibility of success pursuing a quad or motorcycle in a car is very unlikely” Chief of Police, Steve Henry said.
Henry said the policy of the police department when it comes pursuing to motor vehicle operators is justified only when the necessity of immediate apprehension outweighs the level of danger created by the pursuit.