Speed Signs Will Text Pennsylvania Cops About Violations

Officers with the Clark Summit Police will be getting text and photo messages when speeders pass portable radar speed signs on certain roads. The installation will also give immediate feedback to drivers going too fast.

by Stephanie Sigafoos, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) / July 16, 2019

(TNS) — Cellphones carried by members of the Clarks Summit Police Department may have a few more incoming text messages and emails thanks to new technology reportedly being utilized in the borough.

WNEP says officers patrolling the small town in Lackawanna County are using new technology to catch speeders going too fast on certain roads.

Portable radar speed signs, or SpeedSentry, are touted as portable and flexible display signs “ideal anywhere traffic calming is essential.” Drivers going past the signs receive instant feedback based on their speed from the display, but the signs are also programmed to take a picture if a car passes at a certain speed above the limit.

Clarks Summit reportedly purchased two of the signs through a state grant, and they’re also being utilized in other nearby communities.

Clarks Summit Police Chief Chris Yarns showed WNEP an email he received Sunday night showing that someone was going 62 mph in a 35 mph zone. Yarns says the photos aren’t always accurate and not admissible in court but will change how officers enforce speeding. He said if they get notifications from the same area repeatedly, they will send officers to observe and patrol the area.

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