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Police in Penn. town target speeders

By Brad Rhen
Lebanon Daily News

The Annville police department is using a somewhat new device to enforce the speed limit on township streets.

The department’s officers are now using a wireless Electronic Non-Radar Device, or ENRADD, which uses two beams of light to measure a vehicle’s speed.

“The ENRADD is like two laser beams that are going across the road, and it gives you a more accurate time check for your enforcement,” said Annville police Chief Mike Burdge. “The good thing about wireless is we can be up the road, and instead of using chase cars, wave them in and enforce the law.”

Burdge said the department has had the device for about a year and a half. The department has run speed-enforcement details at several locations along Route 934 in the township in the last week and has issued more than 150 citations, he said.

Yesterday, Burdge and other officers were in the parking lot of Christ Church United Church of Christ, just north of the township border at the Quittapahilla Creek. The ENRADD was set up near the creek, and speeders were waved into the church’s parking lot by fire police.

“We’re trying to hit some locations where we get some complaints from people,” Burdge said. “We get a lot of complaints about people coming in ... and we want to start getting the message out that it is a 25-mile-an-hour school zone

Burdge said the department has also had speed-enforcement details on Route 422 (Main Street), some of which involved state police.

“We’re trying to be more proactive than reactive,” he said. “We’re trying to get the message out for people to slow down. We’re trying to get the message out that on any given day, we may be out running it.”

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