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SLSO using trailer to monitor speed

Posted at 2:59 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 15:59:04-05

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is using a speed monitoring trailer to find out where people are speeding.

The trailer keeps track of vehicle speeds so that deputies know where to target speed enforcement, Sheriff Bobby J. Gudiroz said.

“The speed monitor is stationed throughout the parish on mostly residential roads in an effort to save lives,” says Deputy Eliot Bertrand who serves at the coordinator for the speed monitor.

Since deploying the monitor, details of speeders show an alarming disregard to public safety, the sheriff said.

Speeds have been recorded at 86 to 102mph in some neighborhoods.

An example is on Lawyer Road where the speed limit is 40 mph.

During a survey, the trailer recorded:

292 vehicles over speed limit (1 mph to 9 mph)

13 vehicles at 10 mph or more over speed limit.

The highest speed recorded was 85 mph.

Another example is Meche Road, where the speed is 35 mph. During a survey of 3,613 vehicles, the trailer recorded:

2082 vehicles were over the speed limit (1 mph to 9 mph)

559 vehicles at 10 mph or more over speed limit.

The highest speed recorded was 102 mph.

Meche Road is located on the south side of Beau Chene High School.

“The speed monitor trailer addresses the complaints of speeders on our newly paved parish roads. With over 950 miles of parish roads, we are hoping to slow drivers down and to create safer rural areas in the parish,” the sheriff said.