Speed Awareness Program

Speed trailers are available at the request of civic organizations and community based associations as a tool to survey local neighborhood traffic speeds.  These trailers are equipped with radar units, which detect and display the speed of passing vehicles via an LED display board mounted on the trailer.  Vehicle speed data is collected and stored to help staff assess if speed control devices are warranted in a community.

Speed trailers do not take photographs of passing vehicles; rather, they:

  •     Help to make drivers aware of their speed in comparison with the speed limit
  •     Provide speed data for traffic engineers to determine applicable resolutions to abate speeding in neighborhoods
  •     Aid in the planning of new roadway

To request that a speed trailer be set up as part of a Speed Awareness Program in your community, please submit a written request to the Director of DPW&T (9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 300, Largo, MD 20774) and include the following information:

  •     Name of the organization or community
  •     Contact information (name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address if available)
  •     Reason for the request
  •     Suggested location of where traffic should be monitored
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