Pro Tem Correia Unveils New Radar Guns and Speed Sleds

Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia (Ward 6), Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15), and members of the Providence Police Department unveiled the latest equipment to enhance public safety at a press conference yesterday. The department is now equipped with 12 new radar guns and 3 new speed sleds and will be deployed throughout the City.

“Speeding is the biggest problem that our residents face, it creates a danger to pedestrians and especially our children but now local law enforcement can respond in the most effective way using this new technology,” stated Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia. “Our neighborhoods are not a racetrack for motorists and we finally have the resources to combat reckless driving. These LIDAR radar guns will also reduce the number of Municipal Court dates because the accuracy and reliability of the measurements are firm. We want drivers to be more aware and to obey the laws of the road.”

Joining the Council President and the Council Pro Tempore were Major Michael Correia, Lt. Patrick Reddy, Representative Raymond Hull, and other officers from the Providence Police Department.

Council President Sabina Matos stated, “In Providence we aim to create an environment where families feel safe, which is why we have invested in traffic calming measures. My Council colleagues and I look forward to seeing how this new technology will improve the quality of life in our residential neighborhoods and promote cautious driving habits.”

Radar speed guns are hand-held devices that measure the speed of vehicles when pointed at them by detecting a change in frequency of the returned radar signal. A speed sled is a stationary device that uses a radar frequency to detect the speed of vehicles and logs the data for use in traffic studies. This bundle of new equipment cost $108K. Officers will undergo certification training in compliance with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines before operating the speed measurement devices.

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