Laurel police introduce speed camera prototype

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Laurel Mayor and Police will deploy a new tool this week in order to raise awareness to speeding on City streets.

Authorities said in an effort to increase speed awareness within Laurel school zones, also known as the "Safe Kid Zones", according to the police and mayor.

Police said the City will introduce a new concept and prototype made by Brekford Corp. The research and development of the prototype device a joint effort with the Laurel Police Department.

The new speed camera will use the current speed camera platform (box) with a pole-mounted speed display sign, which will show the vehicle speed as drivers enter the coverage area, authorities said.

Authorities said the speed camera box will not be used for enforcement or ticketing purpose even though it does resemble a speed camera box.

The camera is to be used as a speed awareness and speeding deterrent, authorities said. This prototype configuration, a box and mounted display panel, is the first camera of it's kind in the area ad maybe the country, police said.

Authorities said the device is solar and or battery powered depending on the usage and the amount of traffic.

The device will be able to get statistical data or vehicle counts, traffic volume and time of the heaviest usage, authorities said.

The pilot program will start this week. The devices are being tested, installed and deployed on Montgomery Street in the 1200 block (eastbound traffic) and the 300 block (westbound traffic).

Chief McLaughlin said, "We don't think drivers intentionally speed in school zones or anytime they know kids area around, but we know it happens and we hope this tool will remind driver's to slow down and be careful." Mayor Moe adds, "I applaud the collaboration of the Police Chief and Brekford, Corp. coming up with this innovative tool to raise public awareness and modify driver behavior when appropriate."


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