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Centralia Police Department acquires speed trailer

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 4:54 pm

The Centralia Police has acquired a new piece of equipment that may slow things down around Centralia.

The department recently became the owner of a state-of-the-art speed monitoring trailer.

Bob Bias, chief of the Centralia Police Department, said the acquisition was made possible by a grant awarded by the Boone Electric Cooperative Community Trust Grant.

Bias said the $8,979 grant covered the full cost and the only cost to the city was the time Bias took to complete the grant application.

The six-feet tall, two-wheeled trailer does more than let people know how fast they are driving, he said.

The Centralia Police Department worked in conjunction with the FBI on a recent threat to a Centralia church.

“This will be more than just another tool for law-enforcement,” Bias said. “Its sensors and software will provide traffic counts at specific times, individual and traffic flow speeds and a variety of statistical outputs.”

He said it would help the city with various aspects of traffic engineering.

“This will help the city fine-tune its understanding of street use and travel times, how the streets are used in terms of frequency and volume, at any location for whatever time span where the trailer is set up.”

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.