Police getting new help in battle to keep motorists from speeding Unmanned $10,000 device to display speed to drivers but won't result in ticket

October 16, 1997|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Westminster police will soon have a new weapon against speeders -- real or imagined -- with the purchase of a portable speed monitor.

The device displays a vehicle's speed to warn drivers, and provides police with a printout showing average speeds, enabling them to target problem areas, said Chief Sam R. Leppo.

'Getting a lot of calls'

No tickets will be issued as a result of the speed-monitor trailer, which does not record tag numbers, he said. It can be set up and left, eliminating the need for an officer.

"We've been getting a lot of calls from all different areas about speeding, asking us to use radar," Leppo said yesterday. "They say, 'They're doing 60, 70 miles an hour,' but we put an officer out, and we're not finding that to be the case.

"We're tying up an officer for hours and hours and hours doing these surveys, and we're not getting what we perceive as good results."

Upon Leppo's recommendation, the City Council voted Monday night to purchase the speed-monitor trailer from MPH Industries Inc. for $10,690.

"It'll tell you to slow down," Leppo told the council. "Before, the officer sat radar and physically recorded the date, time and speed.

"We are receiving more and more requests for speed devices," Leppo said, but sometimes "people perceive that they are traveling faster than they are."

Launch in 2 weeks

He said the unit should arrive in about two weeks.

Areas that frequently ask for speed enforcement include Uniontown Road, Center Street, Royer Road, the Tahoma Farms area and Green Street, he said.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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