Radar trailer picks up speed
By Mary Ford/ email@example.com
Friday, September 1, 2006 - Updated: 04:16 AM EST
Motorists who travel northbound on Route 3A this week by Shawâ€™s Plaza have undoubtedly seen how fast they are going.
And if they were exceeding the posted 35 m.p.h. speed limit, they were reminded of that fact by the new state-of-the art, police radar trailer.
Police Chief James Hussey said the new, $8,500 radar trailer was purchased through grant money from two sources, the Governorâ€™s Highway Safety Bureau, which rewarded the town for participating in various traffic safety initiatives such as the "Click it or Ticket" campaigns, and through a Community Policing grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety.
Hussey said not only does the display on the trailer tell drivers how fast they are going, but if they are speeding a blue light also flashes.
"The device will also record data - the number of cars and the speed they are going," Hussey said.
He explained the trailer would become a familiar sight along 3A and other critical areas of town. "The point is to reduce the number of accidents and citizen complaints about speeding," he said.
Hussey hopes the trailer will make motorists aware they are speeding and get them used to slowing down. He expects the trailer to stay in the same location for a week to 10 days.
The trailer was placed on Route 3A near its intersection with Beechwood Street because that stretch of highway is one of the most accident-prone areas in town. Route 3A at lower King Street is another problematic location, Hussey said. However, the chief said the unit would also be placed on residential streets where traffic issues, like speeding, are a problem.
The unit is rechargeable and does not require a police officer to be present when it is in use.
"We are very excited about the new radar trailer," Hussey said. "From my own experience I have found these devices make me think that I might be going too fast.
"We think it will have a positive effect on peopleâ€™s driving behavior."