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New neighborhood radar program to help reduce speeding

Article Published 07/01/2009

July 1, 2009

LAYTON — Offering residents another community-oriented program to involve citizens by helping curb speeding vehicles within the City, the Layton Police Department has recently implemented a new initiative called the Citizen Radar Program.

Keeping in line with the Department’s mission statement, the program is one more tool designed to work in partnership with the community to recognize and resolve public safety concerns.

How the program works: Once a citizen passes a basic background check and participates in a short training session, the Department will loan the individual a radar unit. The citizen can then use the radar in their neighborhood to detect speeders.

When a speeding violation is observed, the citizen will record the day, time, speed, vehicle description, license plate number and brief description of the driver. At the conclusion of a two-week period, the citizen will then return the radar unit and their activity log to the Department.

The information from the activity log will be used in a couple of different ways.

First, when warranted based on the posted speed compared to the speed of the vehicle, the Department will send a courtesy letter to the registered owner. It will inform the owner of the observed speeding violation and ask their help in keeping our neighborhoods safe by controlling speeds in the future.

The information of the citizen who recorded the violation will be kept confidential.

The second way it will be used is to determine the extent of a speeding problem in a given area. The information obtained from the activity log will help the Department determine the best days and times to utilize officers, thereby getting the most efficient results from limited resources.

Anyone interested in this program should contact Sgt. Jason Hinojosa at 801-336-3453 for additional details.