Good Neighbor Coalition (Truck Safety)
UMT Police Traffic Update: The Good Neighbor Coalition
In a continuing effort to address concerns about traffic problems in Upper Macungie Township, an initiative is underway to enjoin the trucking industry, local businesses and citizens with law enforcement in a strategic plan to effect positive changes through collaborative action. This program has the full support of the Board of Supervisors and Township Manager.
Called the Good Neighbor Coalition (GNC), the initiative was developed over a two-year span and first launched in December 2015. According to Chief Edgardo A. Colón, it is being “aggressively embedded” at all levels of the UMT community through a series of meeting exchanges with citizen groups, trucking firms, elected legislators, government officials and local leaders of business and industry.
The Mission of the Good Neighbor Coalition (GNC) is to enhance safety and improve community relations between law enforcement and the commercial and residential entities within UMT and beyond. This endeavor will be accomplished through education, awareness and mutual cooperation. This will be in keeping with the Department’s mission of being “Committed to Service.”
Here are some milestones for the Good Neighbor Coalition to date:
- Presentations to the following targeted groups:
- The trucking Industry
- Elected Officials
- Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
- Planning and design for a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Area off Schantz Road (Dart Drive)
- Working with township engineers to establish a truck restriction map
- Established effective [Safety & Signage] and [Legislative & Ordinance] “Work-groups” with all interested parties to brainstorm and identify problems and viable solutions
The public is invited to view the GNC PowerPoint presentation (which will be posted shortly) which was compiled with factual data and further demonstrates the need to work together within the community to reach the common goal of maximizing safety.
For more information on the GNC or if you’d like to participate in the establish Work-Groups, please e-mail either Chief Edgardo A. Colón at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sergeant Cory S. Reader at email@example.com. They can also be contacted via phone at 484-661-5911.