Radar trailer hits streets

Published 11:00 am Friday, May 2, 2014

Vicksburg drivers better watch their speed.

Starting yesterday, Vicksburg police began using a trailer equipped with radar to monitor streets, roads and highways with a high amount of speeders, Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.

“It captures the speeds inside the unit and we’ll be able to review it and see how many people were actually speeding and follow that with enforcement,” Armstrong said.

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The trailer displays the posted speed limit in the area it is observing and allows drivers to see how fast they are going via a LCD display.

It replaces a radar trailer once owned by the department that malfunctioned and could not be repaired, Armstrong said.

“This is in response to complaints of speeding in various areas,” Armstrong said.

Some of the highly trafficked areas that will be monitored include Clay Street, Wisconsin Avenue, U.S. 61, Drummond Street and Sherman Avenue, he said.

“We can’t be everywhere at once but we can look at the information and see where we need to step up enforcement,” he said.

The trailer will stay in place for three to four days before being moved to another spot in the city after police gather the recorded data.

“Based on our findings, the speed limit will be strictly enforced,” he said.