OSU Department of Public Safety Acquires New Traffic Safety Device – The Daily Barometer

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Duane Knapp

Shanon Anderson, chief of the OSU Department of Public Safety, in front of the new speed-measuring sign outside the Public Safety Office Tuesday afternoon. The sign will be deployed on the OSU campus to calm traffic and collect general traffic data.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University in Corvallis has acquired a new portable radar message board called SpeedALERT 24 for the fall term.

Advanced plans are in effect for public safety, including traffic control. The department is introducing new trailer technology to regulate and record speed data in organized areas on campus. Shannon Anderson, chief and associate vice president of public safety at OSU, said she hopes the new trailer will protect students and educate them about road safety.

According to the All Traffic Solutions site, the company behind the trailer, the 24″ SpeedALERT signsgive drivers immediate feedback by displaying messages specific to their speed…or display dedicated messages…depending on your needs at the time.

OSU Public Safety Department Lieutenant Jim Yon said messages and alerts can be changed at the department’s location itself with a wifi connection. SpeedALERT 24 is easy to move and the radar works automatically.

The trailer is considered a calmer traffic; there are different methods of traffic calming such as speed bumps, roundabouts and strategic parking of police vehicles in places where collisions often occur.

“Some drivers will slow down when they see the speed or the message,” Anderson said.

According to Anderson, the trailer is equipped with flashing lights that alert drivers to their speed, and the speed can be changed as needed.

“We don’t want people to feel like they’re being spied on,” Anderson said. “[It is] important to me that the community knows this is about safety.

Anderson explained the mortality of speed driving and that as the student population at OSU grows, the rate of traffic collisions and traffic increases. As for the location of the SpeedALERT 24, according to Anderson, the trailer will be placed in many different locations on campus, primarily in areas where collisions are perpetual.

“We’re just trying to do our best to deploy our resources appropriately and where they’re needed, instead of just guessing,” Anderson said.

The trailer will not be used for traffic enforcement, at least to start the process, Anderson said. Instead, it will be used for applications such as traffic control, construction, data collection, and even writing letters to students for educational purposes.

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