10/8/2008 8:41:00 AM Email this article • Print this article Clearcreek Township gets new laser gun
By CINDY EISEN
Springboro Sun Editor
Clearcreek Township Police Chief John D. Terrill announced at the township meeting that the Clearcreek Township Police Department received traffic enforcement equipment, a new laser speed measuring device, from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The fourth award in the last four years for the Department.
The laser radar, valued at $2,500.00 will be used to enforce the speed limits in Clearcreek Township. “The safety of our Township residents and visitors is our main concern with traffic safety being in the fore front,” said Chief Terrill. “It was this overall commitment to this concern by all the Clearcreek Township Police Officers led to this Department being selected to receive this award.”
Terrill explained that out of 240 police departments in southwest Ohio, Clearcreek Township was one of 15 awarded a laser because of the Department’s outstanding participation in Ohio Department of Public Safety driving campaigns, “Click It or Ticket” and “Over the Limit, Under Arrest”. During the programs time limits, Clearcreek Township Officers logged 150 traffic stops, 62 traffic citations, and 13 arrests.
Terrill explained that he has worked the streets lots of time. Before he came her he was used to lower speed limits. The roads with 50 to 55 mph speed limits required some adjustment. He has seen the damage the speed does to cars even when the accident should not have been serious.
He continued that the patrol cars currently each have a radar unit. The radar puts off a signal that can be read by items placed in individual cars in enough time for the person to react by slowing down. These units are wireless and are “hard to defeat.” With their “instant on” they can “zap” a car quickly and accurately.
Terrill reminds residents that going one mile an hour over posted limits is speeding. He looks at speeding tickets as a way to educate people that they are going too fast.
Terrill also pointed out the unit can be used to measure distances at accident scenes by using the eyepiece and the trigger.