Utah City Refutes Speeding Complaints with Speed Tracker from Traffic Logix
Police were concerned, but also aware that observation is not an accurate way to measure speed. In the past, they would respond to complaints by sending a patrol car out. But often they’d find that after 4 hours, a police officer would issue as little as one citation. They wanted a tool to accurately measure speeds so they could assess where more enforcement was actually needed. They also wanted to be able to assuage citizen worry about excessive speeding where there wasn’t any.
While many neighboring cities were using radar speed signs on their roads, Roy wanted a solution that would track traffic discreetly so that driver speeds wouldn’t be affected by flashing signs. Their goal was to assess ongoing traffic speeds in a way that wouldn’t affect driver behavior so they could get accurate baseline data.
Roy police set up the Speed Tracker up on each street with significant complaints for a full week. This gives them insight into traffic trends throughout the times of day and week.
Danny Hammon, the Patrol Captain in Roy commented that “What I really like is that I can answer the question to the city council, the mayor, and elected officials in a very intelligent way. I can backup our decision by numbers instead of just by an opinion.”
While most of the complaints they’ve found were unfounded, when the statistics actually do find a problem, police know exactly when and where speeding is occurring so they can pinpoint where enforcement is needed. This frees up police time significantly. It also targets patrol to times and areas where speeding is actually happening rather than simply to areas with perceived speed issues.
“It’s a good little tool,” said Captain Hammon, “We’re really happy with it. It’s been a good investment for us all around.”