Slow down behind the wheel
Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 4, 2014
Vicksburg speeders, consider yourselves warned.
Police this week began using a trailer with an affixed radar to begin monitoring where traffic enforcement needs to be stepped up.
The trailer, which captures information about the number of vehicles traveling over the posted speed limit, is an excellent tool for law enforcement.
“We can’t be everywhere at once but we can look at the information and see where we need to step up enforcement,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong told us said.
The first day it was in service, we noticed the trailer on Clay Street near Vicksburg National Military Park.
Other highly trafficked trouble areas for speeders will include Cherry Street, Wisconsin Avenue, U.S. 61, Drummond Street and Sherman Avenue, Armstrong said.
The message sent by VPD here is clear. Breaking the law in Vicksburg will not be tolerated.
The stance is tough, but the implementation is perfectly balanced.
They are giving speeders plenty of advanced warning by putting out the trailer in three- or four-day rotations.
They also called us at the Post to tell us about the trailer so the public would have plenty of notice of their intentions.
So next time you see the trailer around town, literally watch your speed pop up on the LED display.
If you’re going to fast, slow down and take note.
The next time instead of the flashing display in front of you, it will probably be flashing blue lights of a patrol car behind you and an expensive ticket.
After all, life is supposed to move a little slower along the Mighty Mississippi. That’s just the way it goes.