In an effort to curtail speeders in residential areas, Solon’s police chief has recommended the purchase of three portable traffic speed signs.

The Solon City Council Safety and Public Properties Committee approved preparing legislation for the purchase of the trailers, at a total cost of $8,172. City Council will consider the matter at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Police Chief Richard Tonelli told the committee that he researched the purchase of these signs to be utilized in various neighborhoods throughout the city upon complaints of speeding.

The SafePace Evolution 12 is a compact, portable sign with the cost benefit and small footprint of an entry-level sign but with larger 12-inch digits. The signs will be coming from Spring Valley, New York.

Chief Tonelli explained that, when his department receives complaints about speeding, they conduct various forms of enforcement, including a speed trailer or selective enforcement involving an officer actually in a cruiser on the street.

Chief Tonelli said he is confident that if these trailers are erected in problem areas for a period of time, they will cause motorists to slow down.

“But I can’t guarantee that after we move it, we won’t get the same complaints again,” he said.

The signs include dual color display, speed violator strobe that is a programmable flashing strobe that alerts drivers to slow down when they exceed the threshold speed, as well as unique light enhancing, anti-glare lens and automatic ambient light adjustment.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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