Speed vans soon will be operating
The Gazette Staff • November 24, 2008
With all the discussions about red light cameras going on around Chillicothe, the issue of speed van enforcement as part of the city's contract with RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc. has taken a backseat.
Chillicothe law enforcement, however, hopes to have the newly received speed van ready for use by the end of the year.
The city will be using a hybrid speed van from RedFlex as part of its traffic enforcement contract signed earlier this year. The speed van can be used anywhere on any city streets, and citations are issued in much the same way as the red light and speed cameras at specific intersections generate them now.
"It's going to be a manned vehicle, and anytime we have manpower available, we can deploy it," said Chillicothe Police Capt. Tom Hewitt.
Council member Tom Trutschel, R-1st Ward, said speeding has been a big issue for his constituents, and at neighborhood watch meetings in Brewer Heights, many residents expressed the hope that the van's use can slow down speeders through their residential neighborhoods.
"At all our meetings, the No. 1 issue people have is speed," Trutschel said. "A lot of people who live out here are fed up with it."
Hewitt said the speed vans will be able to travel to neighborhoods where residents regularly complain about speeders.
"The purpose of the van will be to target those areas where there are complaints," Hewitt said.
No specific set date exists as yet for when the van will be able to be pressed into use.
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