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Dexter Village Approves Purchase of LED Speed Management Sign to Regulate Traffic

The portable sign will be stationed around the village to help regulate speeding.

The Dexter Village Council unanimously approved the purchase of a portable speed management sign to regulate traffic in the village at its meeting on Monday.

According to Village Manager Donna Dettling, the sign will be used at various locations within the community in an effort to get motorists to obey the posted speed limit.

"The interest in this type of enforcement and data collection tool began with a request for a four-way stop at the intersection of Eastridge and Bridgeway to slow down motorists," Dettling said. "Council has also received complaints over the past few years of speeding in neighborhoods throughout the village."

The cost of the sign is $3,515 and will be supplied by Radarsign. The sign will be paid for through the village's street fund and major project fund.

The sign is equipped with a radar unit and displays the area speed limit as well as the speed of approaching vehicles on a large LED display board. When a vehicle approaches at a speed higher than the pre-set limit, the speed flashes to alert drivers to slow down.

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Marilyn Wilkie November 12, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I think this is a great idea. I'm all for it.
Bill November 14, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I think we can lay off 2 officers now and maybe I can get a donut?
Roger McDonough November 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Bill, I do not understand your comment. I doubt that the village will want to "lay off" two officers, nor does purchasing a speed management sign justify staff reductions. Speed management signs have proven effective at reducing speeds. People will slow down when they see a flashing indication that they are exceeding the limit. I'm curious about Donna Dettling's comment, calling the sign a "data collection tool". I assume that this means the village is able to download data from the device periodically, and the data likely has information regarding vehicle speed and time of day for each passing vehicle. Couple this with license plate recognition software and the police can meet you at the donut shop to deliver your ticket. : )
Joe Semifero November 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
On the "data collection tool" comment - the sign has some great features, including being able to record (as you mentioned, Roger) speed and time of day. One of the proposed uses is to place the sign with the display off and use it to collect traffic data for a few days, and then use the sign with the display on to judge the effectiveness of the sign in areas where it is used. Using it turned off can help to identify times when traffic enforcement is most needed or will be most effective. The Village has used the County Sheriff's trailer in the past, but this will allow the Village a great deal more flexibility and help us to address what has been one of the biggest concerns of residents of the Village.

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