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LPD uses data to slow drivers

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DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

The Lebanon Police Department has purchased technology recently, which they believe will help keep our streets safer.

Two digital signs, purchased for almost $2,000 apiece, will be placed around town for 3-5 days at a time to help officers monitor traffic.

"We used to have a radar trailer, but now we have two portable devices that can attach to the sign poles," said Police Chief Scott Bowen. "Before we had to take the trailer back to the department to get information - but these are portable."

Bowen said the signs use Bluetooth technology to pick up how many people are going past the speed limit, the speed they are going, as well as, the date and time of day. Officers can see the charts on laptop computers inside their patrol cars.

Right now one device is on Sparta Pike and the other is on Bluebird Road, two areas where officers have received complaints. "The great thing about this is we can mount them to any sign. Anywhere there is a street sign we can utilize them."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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