Police have new tool
to catch speeders
By: Cary Snyder - Times Staff
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Police in Moon Township and Bridgewater have a new tool to help catch speeding drivers.
The departments last week received Electronic Non-Radar Devices, also known as ENRADD.
The system consists of two sensors that are placed across a road to create a 3-foot- wide zone. As a vehicle passes between the invisible infrared sensors, its speed is calculated and transmitted through a wireless radio link to the display terminal in the police cruiser.
Moon police use other speed-detection techniques, including pacing behind vehicles with a certified speedometer or using an electronic stopwatch to gauge average speed between two landmarks, but Police Chief Leo McCarthy called ENRADD the most accurate speeding device he's ever seen.
"The difference is that this timing device is started and stopped by the suspect vehicle, not the police officer, so it eliminates that human error," McCarthy said.
His department has already put the device into action, handing out 90 citations over four days recently as part of a statewide effort to curb aggressive driving. Police used the device to monitor traffic on University Boulevard, Business Route 60 between Ewing Road and University, and on Beaver Grade and Thorn Run roads.
McCarthy said police caught one driver traveling 84 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone on Business Route 60.
The most common complaint police receive from residents concern speeding drivers, said McCarthy, who cautioned that while police will start sporadically using ENRADD, particularly on residential streets, the department has more than enough other crimes to focus on in the township.
"We're not going to turn this town into a speed trap," he said.
McCarthy said 24 people have died in traffic crashes in Moon since 2000. To discourage speeding, three radar monitors are positioned throughout the township to show drivers how fast they are driving. The monitors are currently on Beaver Grade Road near Moon Area High School and on Sharon and Charlton Heights roads.
Moon police used a $5,065 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to purchase ENRADD and cover the cost of training officers to use the device and having it certified every 60 days.
Cranberry Township police in Butler County also have the ENRADD devices, McCarthy said.
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