Berea trades in big speed monitors on trailers for sleeker speed monitors on telephone poles

BEREA, Ohio - Many speed monitors are large machines placed on bulky trailers that are put in neighborhoods to deter speeding.

In Berea, some neighbors say the monitors are bulky eyesores.

Now, Berea is using sleeker speed monitors.

They're 30 inch LED's that are built more like flat screen TV's and mounted on telephone poles. They do not have cameras and can not generate tickets.

Compared to trailers, they're smaller, look better and are easily portable. This means they can be moved around quickly to respond to neighborhoods where people are worried about speeding.

Unlike the trailers, these monitors do keep track of how fast people are driving, which allows police to then do target enforcement.

On Rocky River drive, a monitor clocked some drivers going nearly 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

"We are out there trying to protect these bicycle riders, the other vehicles, pedestrians and we want them to know we actually have a tool right now at our disposal that will make their lives safer," said Barbara Jones Berea’s Safety Director.

City officials said the smaller monitors cost the city $3,800 compared to the large trailer monitors that cost between $6,000 and $8,000.

So far, Berea has only one of the new speed monitors, but plans to get more of them.

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