Township approves purchase of radar speed signs

FLUSHING TWP. — Flushing Township is stepping up enforcement on speeding and other traffic-related crimes with the addition of new radar speed signs.

At the July 8 township board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of two portable radar speed signs for the Flushing Township Police Department at a cost of $5,000. Flushing Township Police Chief Mark Bolin said that he plans to rotate one of the signs on primary roads and place the other in school zones and subdivisions.

Bolin also wants to assign officers to locations where speed signs have been placed, which he said will combine speed limit enforcement with enforcement on other crimes.

“With an increase in traffic enforcement, we will undoubtedly increase our arrests in cases involving illicit drugs, illegal weapons, outstanding warrants and drivers operating while intoxicated with alcohol or other controlled substances,” Bolin said. “I think it will contribute to an overall safer community.”

In addition to tracking and posting speeds of passing vehicles, Bolin said that the radar speed signs are equipped with data collection software that measures average speeds, excessive speeding trends and the average number of vehicles traveling on a road. The signs can even be programmed to flash blue or red strobe lights if a driver is speeding.

Flushing Township Supervisor Fred Thorsby said that the signs will be a data-tracking asset for the township.

“It (the sign) gives good feedback to the driver on the road, but it also gives us good information to tell us what the traffic is actually doing on our roads,” he said. “It will give us a lot of information on traffic flows and speeds of vehicles in different areas.”

Bolin said that both signs come with a two-year warranty and typically require only minimal maintenance.