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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Speed Feedback Signs: A Gentle Reminder

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In an effort to get motorists to change unsafe habits, the city of Santee today activated four radar speed feedback signs along Magnolia Avenue.
The devices measure the speed of approaching vehicles and flash that number to motorists as they pass by. They're intended to get motorists to slow down, which in turn can reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions.

Next week,  the city will activate two additional speed feedback signs along Mast Boulevard,  where a similar one has been in place for several  years near West Hills High School.
The feedback sign has four different displays based on the speed of the oncoming vehicle. They are:

1.        If you’re within the speed limit, the lighted sign remains blank.

2.        If you’re traveling less than five miles over the speed limit, the sign displays your speed.

3.        If you’re traveling between 5 and 10 miles per hour over the limit, the sign repeatedly flashes  your excessive speed. 

4.       If you’re traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, the sign flashes this message: “slow down.”
The cost to install the signs, which are solar powered, will be covered by a $91,000 grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.

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