Adel residents will be seeing a speed control trailer parked by local schools, parks, and residential area in the coming weeks.
The $7,600 trailer was purchased last year using rollover funds from the Adel Police Department’s budge from Fiscal Year 2012-13 and will be used to monitor traffic where residents have voiced concerns about motor vehicle traffic exceeding the posted speed limits.
Some areas of concern include Grove Street when school is in session and South 14th Street, Adel Police Chief Jim McNeill said.
“I wish we would have had something like this before because it will really help with monitoring speed,” McNeill said. “We’re pretty excited about this.”
According to McNeill, motorists will see an illuminated speed as they pass the trailer. The speed will flash is the motorist is going over the speed limit or will remain constant if the motorist is going at or below the posted speed limit.
The trailer’s location, which will move frequently throughout the city, can be moved upon request from concerned citizens, McNeill added.
“Residents can call us and they will be placed on a monitoring list,” McNeill said. “Depending on the need, we can leave the trailer there for anywhere from a day to a week.”
After the trailer is removed and speed is still an issue in the area, McNeill said law enforcement will be called in to follow-up. The device will also be used to monitor traffic on city streets.
Adel Mayor Jim Peters said the trailer will “provide greater safety through voluntary compliance. Chief McNeill and his staff provide a high level of public safety to all citizens and this new piece of equipment will only enhance their capability.”
Adel Public Safety Chairman Mike Haynes agreed and added the device will “provide a safer community for all citizens.”
Those interested in requesting the speed control device trailers to be placed in their area can contact the Adel Police Department at 515-993-6723.