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Fairfax Radar Trailer
It's easy for a motorist to get distracted and lose track of how fast he or she is driving -- but in Fairfax, the Radar Trailer helps keep motorists more aware.






 


radar speedFairfax PD acquired the radar trailer in 1994, in conjunction with the California Office of Traffic Safety. The purpose of the trailer is to provide an additional, visible display of vehicle speed to the motoring public. Research has shown that a display of speed from an oncoming vehicle can re-focus a driver's attention to their actual speed - and consequently, drivers can be influenced in a positive way to travel closer to the posted speed limits.

The Fairfax Police radar trailer has been an important part of a comprehensive traffic control program. In addition, the trailer has been used to record specific traffic patterns and volumes at various sites. The trailer can record the date, time, speed and volume of traffic at any given location. With that site-specific information, the department has been able to better prioritize officer patrols and enforcement.

The trailer, which was manufactured by General Devices and Instruments of Homewood, CA, is equipped with a solar panel that provides power for the equipment. The trailer has different "speed limit" display signs that can be changed as required.

Radar Trailer and TruckMost recently, the radar trailer deployment has been managed in conjunction with the local Safe Routes to School Committee. Through different meetings and information exchanges, new locations and schedules have been established to take full advantage of the benefits the radar trailer provides. To help better ensure children's safety as they go to school, the radar trailer has recently been placed by pedestrian and bicycle pathways that are most used by school children. The trailer has also been positioned in locations that pose the greatest potential hazards for the community's children.

While the most recent effort with the radar trailer specifically targets the routes school children take to and from their schools, the overall expectations and responsibilities of the radar trailer program remain unchanged. While the primary responsibility of a community's police department is to protect and serve its citizens, its ability to provide that service is a direct reflection of the people who staff the department and the equipment they are provided to accomplish the mission. The Fairfax Police Department enjoys not only an excellent group of trained professionals, but also a full complement of the latest equipment, of which the radar trailer is a great example.

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