Speed-monitoring trailers—sign boards on trailers that display the
speed of passing vehicles—are used by police departments and transportation
agencies as educational tools that can enhance enforcement efforts directed
at speed compliance. Speed radar trailers are best used in residential areas
and may be used in conjunction with Neighborhood Speed Watch or other neighborhood
safety education programs. They can help raise residents’ awareness
of how they themselves are often those speeding, not just “outsiders.” Speed
trailers are not substitutes for permanent actions, such as traffic-calming
treatments, to address neighborhood speeding issues.
Speed-monitoring trailers can be used at several locations and should have occasional police monitoring and enforcement to maintain driver respect.