In a May 2 news release, Van Buren Township Public Safety Director Gregory Laurain announced that Officers Ryan Barry, Scott Griggs, and Ryan McCormick of the Traffic Services Division will be conducting special enforcement details in the township neighborhoods, as well as the most highly traveled intersections.
These initiatives are in an effort to slow down motorists and reduce traffic violations and collisions, he said.
Director Laurain said over the last several months, his department has received numerous traffic complaints regarding speed within neighborhoods. This detail will primarily focus on reducing these concerns, he said.
“We ask everyone to please pay close attention to speed limit signs upon entering and throughout the neighborhood you reside in,” Laurain said. “The speed limit in most residential neighborhoods within VBT is 25 mph. Some neighborhoods are posted at lower speeds.
“Please remember that the school year is almost over and the temperature is on the rise,” he said. “More residents will be outdoors with their children and reducing speed in neighborhoods will help make these areas safer for all.”
Laurain said VBT offers its residents access to a speed trailer display unit which can be towed to an area in a neighborhood and set up in minutes. This unit will display the posted speed limit in the area it’s placed, and will show drivers their speed, warning them if they are over the posted limit.
“If you feel that an area is becoming unsafe due to speed, please let us know or request the speed trailer to be set up in your neighborhood by going to our website at www.vanburen-mi.org . Under Departments, go to Public Safety/Police, then click on Traffic Services and send us an email with you request,” he said.
Or, call Traffic Services Division Supervisor Sgt. Michael Papin at (734) 699-8930 with a request.