Will Magnets Slow Newtown Borough Speeders?

New car magnets encourage motorist to slow down as they drive through the borough. Do you think they'll work?


In September, Newtown Borough households should expect to recieve a car magnet that carries an important message: Slow down.

At a recent borough council meeting, the purchase of 1,000 magnets at a cost that is not to exceed $800 was approved, BucksLocalNews.com reported.

“Newtown Borough Pace Car for Safety,” the magnets will read. The yellow magnets will also note the borough's 25 mph speed limit, the website reported.

The issue of vehicles speeding through the borough streets has been raised before the council. Police have increased traffic details in an effort to slow vehicles down. 

Speeding vehicles has also been an issue on Sycamore Street in Newtown Township. The

Will the magnets help slow speeding motorist down? Tell us in the comment section below.


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WBK August 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
The only way you are going to slow people down to 25 mph is to give them a ticket; the magnets are a waste of money. I have had people honk and make nasty gestures at me for doing the speed limit; everyone is in a hurry.
Ann ounamous August 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Slow down... Why not make the limit 15 so people go 25? Simple fix... And ticket is far more punishing for breaking 15 then 25.
TJ August 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Good idea but it will not really work. With the lowering of the speed limit to 25 mph on Washington Avenue coming from the bypass into the Borough, the Borough has achieved its goal of having every street in the Borough posted at 25MPH. So this means every street in the Borough is esentially the same regardless of the roadway characteristics such as width, pavement condition, parking, residential or commercial area,pedestrian activity etc. It was reported in the Patch about a month ago that the police conducted a 24hour speed sample on Washington Avenue where the speed limit was lowered and the average speed was like 42 MPH! This means that the average driver is exceeding the speed limit by 16 mph routinely. The 42 MPH speed study suggests that the speed limit should be 40 MPH, possibly 35 MPH , but no lower in this area and then speed limit should stepped down to 30 MHP before you get to a 25 mph zone in the area of State Street. By just placing speed limt 25 signs in an area that warrants a 35 mph you just create a speed trap. The police will only conduct spot enforcement due to ohter priorities and the result is that Borough and Township residents will get unwarranted speeding citations for a road that is posted with an artificially low speed limit. You cannot change driver behavior with just signs if the regulation is unsupported.
Barbara August 27, 2012 at 07:17 PM
What a waste of $800. The problem isn't speeding...it's running stop signs and red lights. Bumper stickers can't help that only police. I think the police and the town council should try walking around the borough for a week. If they live through it, they will have a better idea of what we need. We do not have a "walk friendly" town.
Kenyan Muslim August 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
25 is too slow for Newtown anyway...can't get very good aim at that low speed
Jordan August 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I think Newtown is a pretty walk friendly town, and that 25 MPH is just right. I also think it's good to have 25 MPH throughout the borough. One issue I see is that no one stops for pedestrians in the crosswalks that aren't at a light or stop sign. I think that needs to change, perhaps through more signage. I think it's very important to preserve the walkability of the town to keep it's quaintness and also to keep everyone's property values high.
Sandy August 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
WHen mentioning speed traps, one road come to mind, Linton Hill Rd. above Frost Lane. Why is that stretch 25 mp., because they don't have sidewalks?? Its not as residental as Washington Ave, yet the same speed? I live on Washington Ave. and i can honestly say not much has changed about speeding, its still just a lethal trying to get out of my driveway as it was before the 25mph. Only difference now, those signs in the middle of the road. Hard to get in and out of my driveway with that there, also, drivers come very close to parked cars in order to avoid hitting those rediculous signs. When ppl. enter Newtown from bypass there should be a sign there ( big) stating: 25 mph speed limit in NEWTOWN. Just had to vent. thanks
stating the facts August 28, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Only in Newtown! blah, blah, blah. Get real, there's more important things to worry about. "Walker Friendly" does not mean simply stepping from a curb whenever "you" want to cross the street... or, whenever "you" feel like traffic should stop for "you" because you're in the street! Just check the increased number of pedestrian accidents on Sycamore St since they improved it the past decade or two! That purpose was to make it traffic-and-pedestrian friendly! Yeah, right! There are pedestrian rules-of-the-road in the Vehicle Code as well! And they don't read that pedestrians always have the right-of-way. In fact, it states just the opposite, except at traffic control signals! Most normal people are taught to look both ways before crossing a street (& don't cross if a car is coming, dah). But in Newtown, people think it's their right to simply enter into the path of oncoming traffic; they see me and if they don't then I'll sue them when they hurt me! How about a better idea? Leave your cars at the edge of town and walk! They did that when Newtown had a carriage factory on State St circa 1800's! And, the train stopped on S State St as well as S Lincoln Ave!
PA TURD October 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I know this isn't in regards to the borough but can someone tell me why the traffic lights on the Newtown Bypass are timed that you hit EVERY light, especially at Woodbourne? Also, why are the yellow lights less than 5.5 seconds (55 mph speed limit)? 2.5 seconds of yellow is a recipe for rear end collisions and traffic congestion. I don't know what's going on with people on that road but if anything they aren't speeding, they're blocking the left lane going at or below the flow of traffic. Speed limits don't mean anything when the flow of traffic is greater than it. A sure fire way to reduce aggressive driving is to reduce congestion and encourage people to stay right unless they're making a left within 2 miles, as per the drivers manual. In short people here are very bad drivers - on the cell phone, going under the speed limit, not paying attentions, not keeping right, pretending like this isn't a populated area. I bet if you were to adjust the timing on the bypass and enforce the keep right rule, which I think people believe only applies on interstates for some reason, and you'll see a change. You can't make people slow down with signs or tickets alone. Decrease wait times at lights and increase yellow light times and you'll see a change. What scares me is that I haven't seen or heard anyone mention this because it's not rocket science.
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