FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) – Not one, but two signs are flashing today and warning drivers to slow down near the town of Fairhope. The new technology was announced in December, but recently it has been used more frequently to address concerns. The second sign was installed this month.
“We receive traffic complaints every day on acceleration. This town is growing, obviously there is a lot of traffic in it and on top of it there is a lot of construction going on, ”said Lt. Shane Nolte with Fairhope Police.
New downtown road work is forcing more traffic in other areas creating a dangerous mix. Fairhope Police say they have become more aggressive in enforcement since January when the first sign went up.
“We have a lot of walking traffic, a lot of bikes, a lot of kids riding bikes, skateboards,” Nolte added.
The indicators are solar-powered and send back real-time data to the police who can then locate an officer in problem areas and also give them a better idea of where the problem spots are. located. For months there was only one clue, but soon 5 clues will send back police data.
“They’re going to do a speed study and some cars and things like that,” Nolte said.
The $ 17,000 investment is well worth it according to Lt. Nolte says they tried everything from speed bumps to multiple street officers. Signs can be moved from one location to another to help police keep a close eye on the town.