Westerville Police Hope New Signs Combat Speeding


UPDATED: Monday January 7, 2013 6:38 PM

Police in Westerville are taking new measures to crack down on speeding.

They are using a new type of portable radar sign to alert drivers to how fast they are travelling.

The four mounted signs flash a vehicle's speed if it exceeds the posted speed limit, and cost Westerville leaders $14,000.

Some local residents said the signs are already making a difference.

“I've noticed a change already when the speed pops up on it you'll automatically see people start to slow down,” said Westerville resident Susan Brooks.

However, city engineer Susan Banbury said it is too soon to tell how drivers will react to the signs.
 
“We don't have any good data yet, it's too new. It’s a pilot program to really know if they are going to be effective or not,” Banbury said.

Banbury said that in six months the data can be evaluated to see if the signs are effective, and where they work best.

The battery powered units are installed along Main Street, near Cleveland Avenue, and also along North West Street, between County Line Road and Main Street.

Banbury said the signs will be installed on Shrock and Olde Mill Drive in a few weeks.

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