New radar sign on Road to the Isles monitoring speeders
There is a new set of eyes on the south side of Lewisporte, and they are keeping watch for fast-moving traffic.
The Town of Lewisporte has installed a new radar speed sign to help reduce the speed at which vehicles travel on Road to the Isles.
The area has been a traditional hot spot for speeders coming in and out of town. A reduced speed zone of 60 km/h was created several years ago in the primarily residential area entering Lewisporte. The problem has persisted however, and council says the new sign has already reported a change in driving habits.
The new traffic safety device can do a bit more than just measure speed and flash lights, according to Corb Randall, superintendent of public works for the Town of Lewisporte. It can also record data for analysis.
“The first week, the sign was in stealth mode,” Randall told council. “Over the last month the average speeds have come down; for instance, on Monday it went from 84 (cars speeding) to 78 speeding.”
The device monitors the individual speed and total number of cars in a 24-hour period and can also identify the maximum speed on the roadway. Randall says some may be surprised at the numbers, such as 160 km/h on Aug. 11 and 16 at 3 or 4 a.m.
Randall said while initial data was encouraging, the town is hoping for better results over time, and has shared its findings with the local RCMP detachment.
Violators are not restricted to the wee hours of the morning however. When the Pilot dropped by the site to take an image of the device on a weekday afternoon, violators were abundant. The highest speed recorded at that time was just under 100 km/h.
The radar function has been disabled above 104 km/h, in an effort to keep thrill seekers from intentionally attempting to trigger the device on the roadway.
“(The manufacturer) recommended we do that,” said Randall. “We were all kids at one time, and if you could see if you can get that sign flash 160 or 170 km/h … so you can’t go out there racing.”