New radar program showing signs of success |

New radar program showing signs of success

Paul Shockley

Two weeks into a community anti-speeding program, Craig police say there’s already a waiting list for their hand-held speed radar.

“There are two other people waiting for it,” said Bill Leonard, administrative sergeant. “That’s pretty good for a new program.”

Leonard said police could begin mailing out warning letters regarding speeding toward the end of this week, or, if needed, have officers contact speeders documented in the program.

Police will have to weigh data from the program before they consider increasing the number of radars available, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

The department’s lone hand-held radar, now being loaned out as part of an effort by local law enforcement to target speeders, is now available for three- to four-day periods for residents living in speed trouble spots.

The department launched the campaign in response to complaints of heavy-footed drivers not necessarily limited to a specific area of the city.

“It’s all over the place,” Leonard said.

Residents, after getting a crash course from police on how to use the radar, are then asked to record the make and license plate of the cars, provide a description of the driver, and the date, time and location of the incident.

Warning letters will be mailed to those recorded to be 10-19 mph over posted speed limits, while those tracked at 20 mph over could receive visits from officers, Craig police have said.

Residents are not to take enforcement action.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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