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Watch your speed ... new radar sign in place

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Many drivers going down Main Street into Mammoth Spring may have noticed something new this past week: a radar speed limit sign. Mayor Jean Pace said the radar sign was made possible through a JAG Department of Defense grant totaling $5,046.

Along with the sign, Mayor Pace said, the grant also funded radar guns for some of the Mammoth Spring Police Department's patrol cars.

Mayor Pace said it was a 100 percent grant, which means the city did not have to put any money down to receive the grant. The grant was written by Mayor Pace.

She said the radar sign is portable and can be moved to any street, such as Highway 63 or streets near the school.

The radar sign is equiped with a battery, which will soon be attached to a solar panel so the city doesn't have to bring it inside every now and then to charge it.

The mayor said the speed limit through Mammoth Spring is 20 to 30 mph, and people often drive faster than that. "It (the radar sign) makes people aware of how fast they're going," Mayor Pace said. "We've noticed a significant difference (in drivers' speed)."

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Kudos to everyone who got it right! There ARE ways to slow traffic without handing out expensive tickets or putting road obstructions (speed bumps, rumble strips etc.) in the middle of the street. While radar speed signs are non-obtrusive to drivers, research show they DO work. In fact, a variety of studies show they are one of the most effective means of slowing traffic on neighborhood streets, around schools and in work zones. There is a nice collection of links to recent government research at www.informationdisplay.com. Also, a comprehensive review of various traffic calming options has been put together by the folks at www.stopspeeders.org.

-- Posted by JSteen on Wed, Nov 4, 2009, at 10:34 AM

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