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City is cracking down on downtown speeders

Speeders, beware.

Motorists traveling along city streets in Thomson are advised to do the posted speed limit or else face the likelihood of being ticketed and having to go before a judge to pay a ticket.

"We've started cracking down on those who violate the law by speeding on our streets," Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson said during a recent interview. "Speeding on our city streets is going to stop."

Police officers already have started issuing motorists tickets for such violations.

"We need motorists to take heed to the speed limits that are posted on our city streets," Chief Nelson said. "They are there for a reason. We're going to keep enforcing our speed limits so that we can keep everybody as safe as possible."

The police chief says speeding can cause vehicle mishaps, as well as cause someone to get hit while walking across a city street.

New cross-walk signs, the kind seen in larger cities, recently were acquired and placed along three main cross-walks in downtown Thomson by Chief Nelson.

"We're hoping these new signs will make it safer for pedestrians crossing the street in downtown," Chief Nelson said. "The signs appear to be making a big difference."

The new pedestrian signs, which glow in the dark to warn motorists, worked well as hundreds of pedestrians, including many children, walked back and forth across Main Street during the annual Jack O Lantern festivities held last Saturday.

"They seem to be working real well," Thomson Police Officer Patrick Sanders said.

Prior to Chief Nelson acquiring the new pedestrian signs, pedestrians were having a tough time walking across the street because motorists were not stopping as state law requires.

Metal signs, located on the sidewalks, didn't seem to catch the attention of motorists like the new pedestrian signs are doing.

"These new signs will hopefully keep pedestrians safer when crossing Main Street," Chief Nelson said.

Web posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010

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