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Goshen Police stepping up patrols to prevent speeding around hospital

Extra police patrols will be keeping an eye on a Goshen neighborhood's traffic concerns.

Posted on Nov. 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 22, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

GOSHEN — A neighborhood in the south side of the city can expect to see a few more Goshen police cars after a decision made by the Goshen Traffic Commission Thursday, Nov. 21.

The traffic commission briefly discussed residents’ requests to lower the speed limit on several streets around IU Health Goshen Hospital, including Gra-Roy Drive, Westwood Road, High Park Avenue and River Vista Drive.

Some residents felt that speeding down those streets had become an issue and feared for the safety of their families and children, especially in areas where there are no sidewalks.

The request first came to the traffic commission in October. The commission opted to table the issue and requested a traffic study of the streets from the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG).

The results of the study were presented at Thursday’s meeting, but with speeding being the issue, commissioner John Billman was not sure the commission could do much to help.

“We’re kind of limited on what we can do right now,” Billman said. “We could lower the speed limit but that’s not a magic bullet.”

“If they’re going to speed, they’re going to speed,” Billman said. “This all goes back to enforcement.”

Kyle Priem, assistant operations chief of the Goshen Police Department, said he had requested extra patrols of the area to monitor drivers’ speeds and said that would continue.

Priem, the other commissioners and residents hope that the increased police presence will deter drivers from speeding down those streets.

Residents believe much of the speeding is a result of drivers heading to the dam pond and millrace. But with winter approaching and not as many people heading to that area, they agreed that it might be best to simply see how the police strategy works out.

The commission suggested that residents could return to the commission next year if they aren’t satisfied with the results from the increased police patrols.

Then, Billman said, he could possibly ask MACOG to do another study to get a better read on traffic patterns when there are more people heading to the millrace and pond if the residents would like another study.

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