How does the Highland Park Police Department decide where to place its radar speed sign?
Action can often start with a complaint from people in a neighborhood that there is excessive speeding on a street, according to Highland Park Police Traffic Sgt. Chris O’Neill. That is what happened on Summit Avenue just north of Kent Avenue in the last few days.
“As you can imagine we get a lot of complaints about cars speeding in Highland Park,” O’Neill said. “As we get them we can put up the sign pretty quickly.”
The sign is always somewhere, according to O’Neill. “It’s ideal for residential neighborhoods, particularly around schools,” he said. The current placement is within less than two blocks of Northwood Middle School and Wayne Thomas Elementary School.
Does it work? “It gets people’s attention,” O’Neill said. He believes it gets a good number of drivers to reduce their speed.