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June 13, 2013

Cullman police using LED speed sign to monitor traffic

CULLMAN — In order to increase safety, determine traffic flow and decrease speeding in residential areas, the Cullman City Police Department has added an LED speed limit sign to an area that has received multiple complaints.

Swafford Road will host the first flashing sign and will remain there for  approximately 30 days, Cullman assistant police Chief Craig Green said.

“I don’t want people to get the wrong idea, this isn’t something that takes photographs like on red lights in other cities so officers can write tickets,” Green said. “We’re going to receive data from the sign every 30 days that will tell us the average speed of people driving the road, how frequent the road is used, and we can use that information to hopefully decrease car accidents.”

The LED sign collects data from passing vehicles for 30 days and the police department retrieves it. Green said the sign is a tool that will provide awareness to speeding drivers who otherwise might ignore it.

“I went to the location yesterday where the speed limit sign is and saw the drivers react to it,” Green said. “A driver’s natural reaction is to slow down once they see the sign flash with their speed. It’s one of those things that having extra police cars in the area helps, but this is just another tool, so to speak, for drivers in residential areas that don’t pay attention to speed limits, or know them, that can help decrease accidents.”

There are five-to-six areas that the police department intends to hone in on with more coverage based on reports of excessive speeding. Green said they hope to purchase more LED speed limit signs with next year’s budget. The new sign was $3,000 and was a part of this year’s original budget. The LED sign was purchased so it could be placed in high traffic areas and residential areas with frequent complaints.

*Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.

 

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