Hanahan Police goes high-tech to monitor speeders, sharing results on Facebook

Published: Jun. 1, 2015 at 7:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM EDT
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HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Hanahan Police have gone high-tech to monitor speeding vehicles in neighborhoods.

They are doing it with a box that's mounted to a utility pole.

"It has battery power and a little computer attached to it and a little radar device," Police Chief Mike Cochran said.

Cochran says the box is placed in neighborhoods where residents complain about speeders.

"Under the old model what happened was the cops would just go out and I'm out here in a complaint zone and they didn't use a turn signal, they're getting a ticket and that's just really not what police work's about," Cochran explained.

Now the police department does things differently. After leaving the box in a neighborhood for a few days, Cochran downloads the data and looks at it to find out if there is a problem with speeders. He also uses it to prove to residents there is not a speeding problem in a particular neighborhood.

Recently the chief started posting the numbers on his Facebook page for the public to see for themselves.

"So they could see wow, they're really not speeding," Cochran said.

Cochran says the device and the data also are beneficial to taxpayers because it helps him decide where officers are needed most.

"I have a limited number of officers and we have officers out there all the time, but do I really want them getting in an area where there's really no problem?" he said.

Cochran says the box will soon be moved to another neighborhood to track more speeders.

He's hoping to get another one in the new budget year.

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