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                                    Radar Guns on Trees, Poles Tell Police
                                    Where Speeding Worst
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                                    Dean Narciso, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH                                    Directional Golden Eagle
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                                    Two weeks ago, a vehicle sped along North Star Avenue in Upper
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                                    driver's speed at 51 mph. But no one got a ticket. Instead, police
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                                    "We were getting a lot of calls from residents wanting speed
                                    enforcement on their street, and we couldn't keep up with them,"      Radar Forums:
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                                    "I'd get a call about every day saying there is a speeder on their       Traffic Enforcement
                                    street. This helps me determine is there a problem or is there a
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                                    motorists exceeding 50 mph within 30 minutes. Officers staked it
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                                    One of the first cities in the nation to employ the system was
                                    Dublin, which now has three units.

                                    If the collected information indicates there is a problem, police
                                    might send neighborhood advisories, or install trailers which post
                                    motorists' speeds as they pass. If speeding persists, officers then
                                    issue tickets.

                                    "We've had some phenomenal decreases in the average speeds,"
                                    said Sgt. Ed Gozoski, head of the traffic-enforcement unit in
                                    Dublin. "They've been very successful in helping us allocate our
                                    resources."

                                    Both police departments list their findings on their Web sites,
                                    allowing residents to monitor the results and gauge progress.

                                    Quinn has had a few surprises so far.

                                    "It doesn't surprise me that there is speeding around noon time or
                                    rush hours,"he said. "But we had one at Sunday around 10 a.m."

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                                    When he looks at the speed data, Quinn said he's not frustrated
                                    that so many speeders go unticketed.

                                    "My reaction is they'll get caught sometime."

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                                    information, call 800-458-7866 or visit www.kustomsignals.com.


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