Speeding Concerns Aired In Rice Twp.

Several residents complained about speeding in Rice Township at the Sept. 5 supervisors meeting.

In the wake of a crash that injured seven family members on Aug. 25 in Polonia Estates, Aleksander Boulevard resident Michael Tomasura said he is concerned for the safety of his two children and asked, “What will the township do to slow traffic down?”

Speed was not a factor in the crash that injured Bryan and Nina Herbst, their four children and their niece. The cause is still under investigation, and thus far no charges have been filed against the driver, Jigna J. Kyada, also a Polonia Estates resident.

But the crash has reignited residents’ concerns about speed in that development.

Police Chief Bob Franks said his department plans to “set up speed details” in Polonia Estates, but resident Al Bierzynski said drivers keep reasonable speeds when police are there but speed up as soon as police leave.

“Our police department does a phenomenal job, and we can’t ask them to be there every day when people are driving to work in the mornings and driving home from work in the evenings,” Bierzynski said.

Supervisor Bob Pipech said, “Every development complains about speeders, but we got five cops–not enough to patrol constantly.”

Tomasura proposed closing a road connecting Polonia Estates with the neighboring Woodberry Manor development in order to reduce the number of cars driving through Polonia. But supervisors countered that a 2010 judicial decision opened the road, so they would have no authority to close it.

Residents suggested four-way stop signs at intersections throughout the