TRURO – A traffic speed trailer could soon be coming to a street near you.
Truro Police Service Const. Bruce Lake secures the service’s traffic speed trailer at the top of Young Street. The trailer will make a number of appearances throughout the town during the next several months. Raissa Tetanish – Truro Daily News
The Truro Police Service has its trailer, which calculates a moving vehicle’s speed, out on the streets now.
“It’s a speed reduction tool for us, but it’s also an information gathering tool,” said Chief Dave MacNeil about the trailer that the service has had for the past two years. “We will often place it in areas where there could be high rates of speed, as well as areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic, such as school zones.”
The trailer shows the driver his or her speed, lighting the numbers up in orange on the board.
“It brings awareness to the driver,” said the police chief.
Along with alerting drivers, MacNeil said the trailer will calculate speeds and vehicles during certain times of day, which the service can then use.
“We can use it to plan our targeted enforcement, so if we know there are a lot of vehicles speeding in a certain area during a certain time of day, we can have our cars in that area. It’s two-fold.”
MacNeil said the police force will use the trailer several times a week until the fall, however, it’s not just up to them as to its location.
“If someone is concerned about speeding in their area and they’d like to see it on a particular street, they can call the police station,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of positive comments from people since we started using it, and we have used the data collected to plan our enforcement strategies.”
Anyone wanting to see the trailer in a particular area can contact the Truro Police Service at 895-5351.