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