VICTORVILLE – The Victorville Police Department announced the acquisition of two speed-display trailers, also referred to as Dynamic Speed Monitoring Display (DSMD).
These units were purchased as a tool to aid deputies in increasing driver awareness and safety. “The speed trailers are equipped with radar to detect the speed of oncoming vehicles, which is displayed just above the posted speed limit for the location,” said Victorville Station Spokeswoman Mara Rodrigues in the October 25th news release. “In addition, each unit has a scrolling message board that can be customized to fit the need of the location or event where it is being utilized, for example, construction zones, holiday weekend traffic, safety belt enforcement, or known speeding violation areas.”
The units will be placed in areas where excessive speed has been noted, and some will also be placed where deputies will be nearby to conduct extra enforcement. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration have shown that these types of signs decrease overall vehicle speed by making motorists aware of their speed and the speed limit. A reduction in approximately 7 MPH has been found to occur as a result of the signage and throughout the entire one-year study.
“As our population grows and the number of cars on our streets increase, we will continue to use all the tools available to us to maintain driver and pedestrian safety,” added Rodriguez. “Victorville Police Department thanks you in advance for driving with care, to ensure the safety of your loved ones and ours.”
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