Hamburg police pulled over more than 30 speeding motorists Tuesday along Lake Shore Road in Hamburg in a crackdown they hope drivers will remember.
"We have a zero tolerance for speeders on Route 5," Capt. Carmen Kesner said. "We work Route 5 very hard."
The state Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over the road, and the town has asked the state to reduce the speed limit and to install a three-light traffic signal at Rogers Road. Enforcing the speed limit is the town's jurisdiction, as 33 motorists found out Tuesday.
"Almost out of desperation, we're out here again. The only control the town has is over enforcement," Councilwoman Kathleen Courtney Hochul said.
Residents along Route 5 have helped publicize the crackdown with signs in their yards reading, "Please respect the speed limit and protect our children -- 40 mph" . . . "Please give us a break -- 40 is the max" . . . "Lordy, lordy, the speed limit is 40."
About 60 people attended a meeting Tuesday evening in Lake Shore Fire Hall to push for a traffic signal at Rogers Road. Fatal accidents at the intersection include one in July that took the life of Tara Panzarella, a Frontier High School student.
"This is going to be a long, drawn-out affair, I'm afraid," said Sue Keefe, one of the residents, adding that seeing signs on lawns "makes us realize we have to keep going."
Kesner said 41 summonses were written during the daytime blitz, including 33 for speeding.
"Fifty-eight (mph) was the highest speed," Kesner said.
The speed limit is 40 mph in the Wanakah-Cloverbank area, the scene of the crackdown, but Kesner said motorists who were stopped were averaging about 50 mph.
The town also has been conducting seat belt safety checks since Sept. 10, Kesner said, and has borrowed a portable sign that states the car's current speed.
"If they see it, they can see how fast they're going," Kesner said.
A truck inspection in Woodlawn resulted in taking two trucks off the road. Eight summonses were handed out.
The crackdown will continue for several days, officials said.