Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Enforcement going digital


The Minden Police Department has unveiled its newest weapon against speeders in the form of a digital radar trailer.

Thanks to a joint monetary effort between the City of Minden/police department and Webster Parish Police Juror Charlie Odom, the new $5,700 trailer began flashing speed warnings to passing motorists Thursday.

"I felt like this was a good use of funds that came specifically from my district," said Odom.

Minden Mayor Bill Robertson said he is proud the city was able to join with the police department and Odom in the venture.

DSC_00124"It's good we could all three work together to provide this," Robertson said. "I think it will be good for Minden and good for the police department."

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said in the beginning he will set up the new radar trailer in areas where he has received specific complaints of speeding.

"We're going to start it off on Sheppard Street," he said. "It's a 25 mile-per-hour zone, and it's very hard to stay under the speed limit."

Cropper said his officers write numerous tickets on Lee Street, Germantown, Cline and others.

"We're going to set it up where we write a lot of tickets and just move it around," he said. "We'll have it a couple of days in each location."

The flashing sign, which runs on batteries, has a data logger on the inside that tracks the passing vehicle and how fast it was traveling.

"After a few days, we'll be able to pull it in, charge it, pull the logger off, hook it up to the computer, and it will spit out a printout of all the different hits it's gotten on cars," said Off. Joel Kendrick. "It'll show the time of day and how many cars were traveling above speed."






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