Safety was on the mind of Police Jury President Jane Sanders during Monday’s regular meeting. Specifically, Sanders was concerned about what she called an increasing amount of speeding vehicles in residential neighborhoods.
Sanders told Tallulah Chief of Police Buster McCoy Kimbrough Avenue was a perfect example of an area in Tallulah where speeding has become a major problem. Sanders also suggested the possibility of adding speed bumps to the road in an effort to dissuade drivers from traveling at excessive speeds. McCoy said he feels the answer to the problem is simpler than adding speed bumps or speed tables to residential streets.
“I personally don’t think speed bumps are the answer,” McCoy told police jury members. “I have a simple solution, and that’s to write tickets.”
McCoy said the problem with that solution is that Tallulah Police Department officers do not currently have radar guns, adding officers are still more than capable of pulling over and ticketing drivers obviously driving at excessive speeds or in a reckless manner.
Following McCoy’s comments, Police Jury representative for District 1 Preston Walker questioned the chief as to whether or not providing radar equipment for TPD would be a good investment on the part of the police jury.
“[The radars] would certainly pay for itself,” McCoy said. “I think that’s the answer. If we had radars, it would be an easy fix.”
In the meantime, McCoy said more TPD officers would be on patrol more often in residential areas around Tallulah.