City leaders address reported speeding on East Main Street centered on city sanitation trucks

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – We are digging deeper getting answers after tracking several Johnson City garbage trucks driving over the posted speed limit on East Main street.

Two days after we tracked city vehicles with a radar gun going over the posted speed limit,( city officials are speaking out.

“Well your story reflected a truck, according to your gun doing 35 miles per hour in a 30. Yes that is a violation and those folks need to be mindful of the speed limit but what concerns me more than that were those vehicles that you clocked at 55 miles per hours with your speed gun that were not city vehicles,” City manager Pete Peterson said.

Johnson City Chief of Police Mark Sirois also acknowledging speeding concern and problems on East Main street and throughout the city.

“Speeding is the third major contributing factor behind following to closely and failure to yield so it is a concern everywhere in our town,” Chief Sirois said.

Since our first report aired JCPD patrol cars have already been set up along east main street, monitoring traffic.

As for city sanitation drivers, the city manager says they should know the law and consequences if they break it.

“Any city employee in a city vehicle is responsible for that ticket and their employment with the city hinges on compliance with laws and the payment of tickets,” Pete Peterson said.

If you or anyone that you know have a concern about speeding vehicles, you can contact the Johnson City Police Department at 423-434-6000.

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