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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Speed Awareness Monitor Trailers


Speed trailers help keep officers free for calls

Motorists around town have probably noticed The Colony Police Department’s new roadside speed-monitors – especially if they happen to be passing by while driving over the speed limit.

TCPD’s new Stalker SAMs (Speed Awareness Monitor Trailers) can be set to flash red and blue strobe lights to warn drivers they are travelling above the posted speed limit. The red and blue flashing lights are eye-catching and much like that of an actual police vehicle’s lights.

The new SAMs have been on the streets about six months and are moved around the community to different locations by TCPD’s Traffic Division.

As traffic flows past, the trailers not only inform drivers they may be exceeding the speed limit but they also collect data, such as a vehicle’s speed, the time of day, size of vehicle and the number of vehicles.

“Their primary purpose is to assist police with traffic complaints,” said Officer Kenneth Arrington. “The trailers allow TCPD traffic officers and/or patrol officers to remain free for calls for service and to assist the public, while the trailers are collecting data that may tell us we need to have officers in a certain area to take speed-enforcement actions at a later date.”

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