Radar sign could slow drivers in Tamaqua
The borough of Tamaqua is considering a radar speed sign that will not only record the speed of passing cars, but alert on-duty officers that a lawbreaker is on the loose.
Tamaqua Police Chief Rick Weaver on Wednesday presented borough council with information regarding the radar speed sign.
"This thing is pretty impressive, to say the least," Weaver said.
The sign, which is estimated to cost $4,600, records the speed of every passing car, and warns drivers they are exceeding the speed limit with a flashing light.
According to Weaver, the sign also comes with a GPS unit and can send a text alert to a police officer on duty if a car is speeding.
"It will send us a text and a picture of the car doing the speeding," he explained.
The unit is completely portable and can be moved and set up in different locations.
Councilman Dan Evans said the unit would be ideal for problem areas.
"It can give us some insight as to where the problem areas are. If someone makes a complaint, we can set it up in the area. We can get average speeds, exact speeds, find out what's going on," Evans said.
Weaver said the borough has been offered a four-week trial to test the equipment.
In other police business, council hired Christopher Cruz as a part-time police officer, effective immediately.
Council approved extending part-time officers' hours from 29 per week to 32.
Weaver said that this is permissible under the Affordable Care Act, and will allow officers to work four full days, instead of three days and five hours.