“Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil takes down a mobile speed warning sign on Tuesday. The signs are a new tool for police to gather data on where and when drivers are most likely to go over the speed limit.”
Photo courtesy: Nisqually Valley News, Steven Wyble
The volume of comments to this blog about this Nisqually Valley News story all have raised concern:
“Police Target Speeders With New Signs”
“Yelm: Mobile Speed Feedback Signs Alert Police in Real Time”
“The Yelm Police Department is one of several Thurston County jurisdictions to receive a new tool in the fight against speeders.
The department, along with the Tenino and Lacey police departments, recently received mobile speed feedback signs, bought with grants from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.
Traditionally, speed feedback signs use radar technology to inform drivers precisely how fast theyre driving. A LCD screen sits under a sign that says, Your Speed and displays the speed of cars as they drive by.
But technology has advanced and Yelms new signs do much more.
The signs can be set to alert the police department every time a passing car exceeds the speed limit. The signs are equipped with cameras that email photos of speeding cars to the police department useful for identifying chronic speeders, according to Police Chief Todd Stancil. Flipping through notifications on Tuesday afternoon, Stancil came across two big speeders: a vehicle clocked at 52 mph in a 25 mph zone, and one going 69 mph in a 40 mph zone.”
I get it!
When municipal governments limit police budgets, these departments are forced to turn to alternative revenue sources to maintain some sort of adequate staffing, hence these cameras. Yet, these cameras have already been banned or discontinued in other communities and do not instill good police-community relations.