Port Townsend: Citizen volunteers sought for traffic control effort

PORT TOWNSEND — New from the people who brought you police officer Bob Wire: street signs, speed bumps and citizens armed with radar guns.

More traffic control efforts are under way in Port Townsend to keep speed down and streets friendly.

The city is looking for a few willing volunteers to help.

The Community Traffic Control Program has formed out of the small group of citizens who made the papier-m^ocché police officer, Bob Wire.

Officer Wire, and his equally inanimate canine partner, Radar, can often be seen solemnly watching city streets in a parked patrol car.

The sight of a police car sitting beside a road alone is enough to make drivers check their speedometer.

Traffic complaints

Now the Police Department is training citizen volunteers to assist with traffic complaints.

The program has been under way a month.

In that time, 29 complaints from the past few years were investigated.

Out of those the volunteers have made some recommendations.

Their ideas range from street signs to speed bumps. In a few cases, a little brush clearing to make signs more visible is all the fix a complaint needed, according to volunteer Pam Clise.

The job is a volunteer post, but it requires some hands-on work.

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