Peoria Speed-Enforcement Program to Begin on 91st Avenue


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What's the difference between a "speed-enforcement campaign" and a "speed trap?"

Well, maybe it's just the terminology, says Mike Tellef, spokesman for the Peoria Police Department. But speed traps are typically set up where the posted speed limit is artificially low, and where cops try to stay hidden, he adds.

Neither of these things define Peoria's latest anti-speeding effort on 91st Avenue between Thunderbird and Bell roads.

Police aren't staying low -- they plan a high-profile, 24-hour-a-day effort with motorcycles and marked and unmarked patrol cars to stop as many speeders as they can in the area until at least June 30.

Tellef says the curvy road, which has posted speed limits ranging from 25 to 35 miles per hour, has seen tons of speeders lately, some flying by at 60 m.p.h.

Speed trap or not -- at least now you've been warned.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.