By Katherine R. Dougan
According to Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman, speeding is the most common complaint made to the police department. An expenditure of $17,658, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Aldermen on July 6, will give the Clinton Police Department (CPD) the ability to purchase and place six electronic radar signs in eighteen various (rotating) locations to deter speeding in neighborhoods, streets and thoroughfares in the city, Hayman explained.
The signs will not only display the speed at which a driver is traveling, but will also track the location of the speeder, which will help CPD to narrow down areas where excessive speeding is a recurring problem.
When aldermen receive complaints about speeding in their wards, they can report to CPD, so the signs can be placed in problem areas.
“It [signs] can analyze the traffic trends, times and patterns, and we can come back and look at it, and identify best how we can tackle the problem,” Hayman said.
The six signs with eighteen semi-portable brackets can be moved to various locations and locked on to a speed limit sign.
“Hopefully, this will slow the motorists down.”
RadarSign, a Georgia-based company, provided the lowest and best quote for the purchase of six TC-400 portable radar speed signs, which display 11-inch high, super bright amber LED lights.
According to testimonials on the RadarSign website, the flashing signs that display the speed a motorist is traveling cause the motorist to immediately reduce their speed when the realize they are speeding.
Several municipalities cited the lower cost for the digital radar signs as compared to installing speed bumps. Not only do the signs encourage motorists to reduce speeds, but also the feedback from the signs is invaluable to police departments. When the police department notes an increase in speeds at areas where the signs are installed – particularly in school zones – then they can adjust their patrols.
“This is basically going to give us six additional police officers, in eighteen different positions,” Mayor Phil Fisher commented.
For more information about the RadarSign digital speed signs, visit the company’s website at www.radarsign.com.