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City Police watching for speeders

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Brazil Police Department will be covertly monitoring the speeds of motorists at Ashley and Olive streets on undetermined dates after citizens made a request to the Brazil City Council regarding the establishment of northbound and southbound stops at the intersection.

An engineering group from Purdue University recently set up equipment to assess the speeding habits of motorists at the intersection, and the figures they returned to the city demonstrated driver speeds varying from approximately 25-75 miles per hour.

"I thought some of them looked a little high," said Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk, who agreed with Council members who expressed concern the figures may not be accurate.

He said the equipment may have been visible, which sometimes prompts motorists to drive in an uncharacteristic manner. He suggested to the Council that BPD officers could conduct their own survey in unmarked vehicles over the next month. While officers will not plan to stop vehicles or issue citations, Loudermilk said, they will be able to gather their own data.

Councilman Jim Sheese said he wondered if there may have been a problem with the equipment, and agreed the city should do its own collection of data to check the figures.

"I'd like to see us do some monitoring," he said.

Councilman Marty Beasley questioned the volume of motorists recorded, but also praised the efforts of the Purdue group.

"I hate to doubt their information because they're a beautiful source," he said.

Mayor Tom Arthur told the Council that federal regulations do not recommend the use of stop signs for speed control purposes. The Council agreed the BPD should collect information over the course of a month to be discussed at a future public meeting.

The Brazil City Council regularly meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

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