One of the most frequent requests to the police is the need to address speeding along residential streets. The Citizen Speed Control Program is one of the programs available to help the police attend to these community concerns.
In the program, citizens use police radar units (similar to the one pictured here) to record the speeds of vehicles. The information, including day, time and speed is logged and returned to the police department. The information is examined to determine if there is a speeding problem and when it is most prevalent. If the Traffic Unit determines from the data that there is a speeding problem, aggressive enforcement can be directed.
But the program does not stop there. Letters are sent to the registered owners of vehicles that are determined to have been driving at an excessive speed. The letter is entirely informative and educational in nature and encourages the owner's cooperation in speed reduction. It does not constitute a notice of violation, go on a driving record or impose a fine.
In conjunction with the SMART radar trailer, the police department can do a comprehensive examination of speed concerns. In addition, the Citizen Speed Control Program also helps to educate the citizens that use the radar unit, as they will have a better understanding of the radar and the limits of police enforcement.
Any resident who would like to participate in the program or would like to learn more about it should call the Traffic Unit at (847) 362-4449 x4832.