Freehold police perform traffic studies at residents’ request

Freehold Borough residents who believe speeding is a problem in their neighborhood can now ask the police department to perform a traffic study on their block.



The Freehold Police Department will place a speed-monitoring trailer on a certain block to study the traffic pattern.



Sgt. Eduardo Santana says a thumb drive connects to a recording device inside the monitor, which captures the volume of traffic, each driver's speed, and the time of speeding violations. The monitor will allow police to determine if additional precautions need to be taken.



"It lets me know where the problems are so I can allocate my units to that specific location," Sgt. Santana says.



The monitor will also let police know if speeding isn't a problem in a certain area.



"Most of the time it's people perceive the vehicles to be going too fast and actually that's not the case," Sgt. Santana says.



When that happens, officers show residents a printout of all the data organized into spreadsheets and graphs.



The traffic monitor costs about $10,000. Freehold Borough police hope to purchase one more.


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