SHAFTSBURY-- Vermont State Police were out in force on Saturday, enforcing the 25 mph speed limit on Route 7A.
Police issued several tickets and warnings for speeding and unregistered vehicles between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to a press release. Police will continue to aggressively patrol and enforce the speed limit, which was lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph in July, in an effort to educate the public about the speed limit change.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation agreed to lower the speed limit after years of efforts to improve safety at the intersection of Route 7A and Buck Hill Road in Shaftsbury. The lower speed limit is in effect along Route 7A from Church Street to Route 67.
After the AOT denied the town's request for a stoplight at the intersection in 2012, local parent Tim Scoggins led a campaign to get the speed limit reduced. Scoggins, who was appointed to the town's Select Board in September when Chairman Craig Bruder resigned, attended an AOT traffic committee hearing on June 21, along with Shaftsbury Elementary School Board member Larry Johnson, to pitch the idea of a reduced speed limit. State Rep. Alice Miller and then-Shaftsbury Select Board Vice-Chairwoman Karen Mellinger provided supporting testimonies via conference call.
Scoggins is currently running for election for the seat he was appointed to, along with fellow appointee Mitch Race. That question will be on the Dec. 3 ballot, which also features the vote on the Town Garage bond. According to Town Administrator Margy Becker, only Scoggins and Race submitted petitions to run by last Monday's deadline.