If you were wondering why the Lower Saucon Township Police Department was out in full force along a stretch of Rt. 412 south of Hellertown Wednesday morning, wonder no more.
The police department announced Thursday that its officers conducted a five-hour “traffic blitz” between 7 a.m. and noon in response to resident concerns about speeding and increased commercial vehicle traffic along the stretch of road, which is also known as Leithsville Road.
As a result of the blitz, 43 traffic citations were issued, police said in a post published on their Crimewatch site.
Police said they conducted eight commercial vehicle inspections and issued three commercial vehicle citations, including one for driving without a commercial driver’s license, one for driving with an expired periodic inspection and one for driving with an empty or unsecured fire extinguisher.
Police said 24 traffic citations were issued on Flint Hill Road–which intersects with Rt. 412 in the village of Leithsville.
Twenty-two of those tickets were for speeding, one was for not using a seatbelt and one was for driving with an expired registration, police said.
Police said a total of 16 traffic citations were issued to drivers on Rt. 412, including 10 for speeding, two for texting while driving, one for driving with an expired registration, one for driving with an expired inspection and one for the fraudulent display of an inspection sticker.
According to Thursday’s update, a driver was also taken into custody on outstanding warrants for Possession With Intent to Deliver Narcotics, DUI and a probation violation from the Philadelphia Police Department.
Police did not identify that individual, but said he was committed to the Northampton County Prison after he was positively identified.
The speed limit along Rt. 412 approaching and through Leithsville is 40 mph, except for in the bend in the road, where it drops to 35 mph. The speed limit along Flint Hill Road approaching Leithsville is also 40 mph.