City officials in Wilmington and Police in the Triad have an advanced way to track neighborhood speed demons without tying up a police officer's day. So just because you don't see an officer doesn't mean you're not being tracked...slow down!
Officials capture data on speeders by using "stealth' technology. The latest city to use the technology is Wilmington. According to the StarNews Online, the city recently started using 'stealth radars'. The devices are not used as a means for issuing tickets, but instead will collect data in neighborhoods where they receive complaints about speeders.
City officials told the newspaper they will to use the technology to help combat speeding as necessary in those areas. How does it work? The radar box tracks the number of vehicles and their speed. Officials will analyze the results and look for patterns. If they can isolate specific times where speeding is at its worst, they will forward the information to police, the city said.
WFMY News 2 checked with Triad police departments and learned they too use technology to help slow people down in certain areas.
In Greensboro, Police have 'stealth stats' Susan Danielsen confirmed. She said the devices are about the size of a suitcase and they are used to collect data in areas where they receive complaints. Danielsen said 'stealth stats' are much like the speed trailers people see from time to time on the side of the road that flash your speed.
In Winston-Salem, City spokesperson Frank Elliott said officers there use 'speed mats' when necessary. Eilliott said officers will setup the mats after getting complaints and analyze the data to determine what to do next in that neighborhood or area.