Communities to share anti-speeding device
Thursday, July 05, 2007
By Norm Vargo
North Huntingdon police Sgt. Duane Kucera has compiled data about township traffic accidents over the past five years, hoping some day to use the information to combat the force's No. 1 enemy -- speeding motorists.
Now he has a different weapon to use against speeders.
Sgt. Kucera, the township's traffic operations officer, and several members of the force participated Monday in a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-supervised demonstration of ENRADO, a new electronic timing device that targets those breaking the speed limit.
Township police will share the device with Monroeville and Murrysville departments on a rotating basis this year.
The three communities will use the state-of-the-art unit while participating in Smooth Operator, a statewide campaign this summer to curb aggressive motorists.
ENRADO, which is undetectable by radar detectors, instantly measures speed when a vehicle breaks a laser beam monitored by sensors mounted in two portable units set up across the road from each other.
An officer in an unmarked car parked nearby records the speed. If the calculation is over the limit, a chase car is dispatched.
The device cannot be spotted by motorists because it blends in with objects usually found along a highway.