DERRY — Thanks to an anonymous gift, Derry can now purchase a speed monitoring sign that can be used throughout the community.
The portable sign will flash the speed at which motorists are traveling.
In the past, this has been tempting to some drivers, Derry Police Chief Edward Garone said Tuesday night as he appeared before town councilors.
“There’s been concern that some drivers might like to be able to see how high they can make it go,” Garone said, eliciting brief laughter from the audience.
But police are aware of the temptation, and the sign can be adjusted so it will only go to a certain speed, Garone said.
A few months ago, a resident approached Garone and asked what could be done to assist the department. After some discussion, the donor agreed to donate $3,500 for a speed monitoring sign, said Garone, who recently received the check.
The device is similar to a radar unit used in a police cruiser. One of the most frequent complaints the department receives is for motorists speeding through a neighborhood, Garone said.
Councilor Michael Fairbanks wanted to know if the sign could be used for speed enforcement.
Garone said it could, but that isn’t the sign’s main purpose. Some motorists who may be driving new cars, or cars they aren’t familiar with, sometimes don’t realize how fast they are going.
“And if you have this sign that kind of flashes at you and reminds you, that’s what we are looking for. We are looking for compliance, not tickets,” Garone said.
Following some discussion, councilors voted 6-0 to approve acceptance of the $3,500 gift.