Town of Queen Anne has its own electronic speed sign
QUEEN ANNE — The Town of Queen Anne has taken steps to insure that all vehicles entering the town know that the speed limit on all its streets is 25 miles an hour.
It recently purchased a solar-powered electronic sign that detects the speed of approaching vehicles and puts it up on a screen for drivers to see. The sign is being positioned at various times on Route 303 and Alternate Route 404 because they are the main streets in the town.
The sign has been in use since April 15 and town officials like what they’ve seen so far.
“It really helps out to slow them down a bit,” said Mayor Randy Esty as he stood next to the speed sign, which is currently on Route 303 coming from neighboring Hillsboro. During a 10-minute period, all the vehicles that passed the sign either slowed down or were doing 25 or under as they entered the area.
“We want them to be aware about the speed limit because we have more children in town now,” Esty said. Traffic volume often picks up when there’s an accident on Route 404 or traffic comes through the town because of construction on Route 404, he said. “Sometimes, they barrel through town,” the mayor said.
The town commissioners were getting complaints from town residents for some time about vehicles going too fast through town, but fortunately, there have been no speed-related incidents, Esty said. The town asked the sheriff’s offices in both Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties what could be done because both share jurisdiction since the town straddles the line between the two counties.
Both sheriff’s offices have provided temporary electronic speed signs and put patrol cars in the town to discourage speeding, according to the mayor. “We’ve gotten lots of cooperation from (Talbot County Sheriff) Joe Gamble and (Queen Anne’s County Sheriff) Gary Hofmann,” Esty said. “They’ve been really good to deal with.”
The town commissioners then decided to buy their own $2,800 electronic sign that can be placed wherever and whenever officials feel it is needed. Esty said it is designed to supplement the enforcement measures of the sheriff’s offices.
The sign is dark until a vehicle comes within range and it then measures the speed and posts it so the driver can see it. Because the sign is solar powered there is no need for batteries or other electrical equipment, Esty said.
Except for one small town in Delaware, the mayor said he knows of no other towns in the region that have bought their own electronic speed sign, but some have expressed interest in doing so.
“We think it’s a novel approach,” he said.
Queen Anne Mayor Randy Esty stands by the town’s newly purchased electronic speed sign. He said it can be moved to different locations as conditions warrant. The sign supplements speed enforcement measure by local law enforcement agencies, he said.