New speed signs to record license tag numbers

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Four new speeding signs with video capability have been purchased and are expected to be in operation within days.

The cost of the new radar speed detection signs is approximately $20,000. The equipment was purchased with Powell Aid funds.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the signs are currently being assembled.

The town has one speed detection sign already, but it does not have the capability to record license tag numbers.

Speeding in town, particularly along Breazeale Avenue, has raised complaints in recent months.

Brown said police will use the new signs in areas where speeding has become an issue.

Video of speeding cars can and will be used in issuing citations and speed limit enforcement, the town manager said.

“Right now they are being assembled and programmed, and it will probably be sometime next week before they are put on the streets,” Brown said. Police will install the signs where residents have complained of speeding problems, he added. Violators can expect tickets.

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