Amy Berger is worried about speeding in her neighborhood north of downtown near Patty Jewett Golf Course.
“Do you know how one would go about having (police) set up a speed trap?” Amy asked me over Facebook. “There are so many speeding cars by my home which is near a school, and I worry!”
It’s a common question, actually: Where’s a motorcycle cop with a radar gun when you need one?
“It’s the area around Horace Mann Middle School,” Amy said, describing rush hour commuters as dangerous to kids and others in the area.
“It’s a 35 mph zone,” she said. “But people trying to get downtown go much faster. They fly through there.
“It would be great if they’d put a motorcycle cop there.”
Amy figures another good alternative would be to set up a SMART trailer along Templeton Gap to alert motorists that they are speeding. SMART stands for Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer. The trailers sit on the side of a road, flashing the speed of passing cars on an electronic sign for all to see.
So I called Colorado Springs Police to learn the best way to get help for Amy and others in her situation.
Commander Pat Rigdon of the Gold Hill Division quickly answered my questions.
The city has two SMART trailers and volunteer Steve Hammons oversees their use. He compiles the list of requests, scouts appropriate sites for SMART trailers and deploys them.
“To get on the list, people can call Steve and leave a message at 444-7223,” Rigdon said. “We have quite a backlog since we only have two trailers. But they can get on the list.”
To report a speeding hot spot and request traffic enforcement, Rigdon recommends folks call their local police division.
In the northwest, call Falcon Division at 444-7240. In the southwest, call Gold Hill Division at 385-2100. In the southeast, call Sand Creek Division at 444-7270. And in the northeast, call Stetson Hills Division at 444-3144.
“Sometimes we get reports and I’ll send an officer out to run radar to see if it’s a perception thing or a real problem with speeding,” Rigdon said. “Just call your division and let the supervisor know. They’ll let our traffic enforcement officers know.”
Now, slow down on Templeton Gap!