Chattooga County motorists will see a speed detection device alongside the highway and county roads, according to Sheriff Mark Schrader.
The sheriff traveled to the Utica Police Department in Ohio on April 7 and purchased a used, portable radar speed sign. It's one that flashes the speed of approaching motorists.
"Our plan is to use it in some school zones and in some areas where I get complaints about traffic," Sheriff Schrader said.
These devices will be placed in school zones for sure, the sheriff said. This device is an extra reminder for drivers to slow.
The device was purchased for $1,600. The cost of a new one is between $5,000-$7,000, the sheriff said.
"The one we purchased still has about a month left on the warranty. It's in very good shape and used very little by their agency," Sheriff Schrader said. "It has a little rust around the fenders but I think it's from all the salt they use up there. Most of the time it's been kept indoors."
The sheriff said Utica Police did not use the device but only for a handful of times. However, the sheriff believes it will be useful for school zones and even on some county roads where motorists might forget how fast they are traveling.
A company that manufactures these radar devices said speeders will slow down up to 8 -percent of the time when alerted by these signs. Drivers will typically reduce their speeds 10-20 percent.