With increased traffic accidents and more distracted drivers on the road, many city police departments are struggling to find ways to maintain peaceful traffic flows and reduce driver speeds, especially in areas where there are children and other types of pedestrians.
Flashing lights, red light cameras, and speed bumps are all being employed to help with this common challenge. Radar feedback signs are tools that can meet the requirement of implementing proper warning signage.
A radar feedback sign is comprised of a sign that states the legal speed limit and an electronic sign that displays a vehicle’s speed as drivers approach it. When a driver is travelling above the posted speed limit, the radar feedback sign demonstrates a clear, easy-to-identify violation for the driver. And many of these drivers reduce speeds as a result. Radar feedback signs are quickly becoming a popular and effective traffic-calming device in cities and towns all over the country.
In a March 20, 2017 article from the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Director was quoted on the effectiveness of radar feedback signs, “It’s just like the red-light cameras. Believe it or not, the numbers go down.” (Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram)
These signs are often used near high accident-prone areas and pedestrian-traffic heavy areas, like schools and churches. Radar feedback signs can also be effective at notifying drivers and calming traffic near dangerous intersections, crosswalks, and temporary construction areas that involve drivers and pedestrians. These signs can be mounted on permanent or temporary (mobile) structures, depending on the need. The electronic part of the sign is often run on AC power; however, many vendors offer environmentally-friendly solar-powered options.