Most of us have been there, sitting in our cars at the side of the road with a cop at our window asking, “Do you how fast you were going back there?”

The City of Woodward and the Woodward Police Department is hoping to help some drivers avoid this situation by using special roadside monitors that display driving speed to help ensure that drivers know exactly how fast they are going, according to City Manager Alan Riffel.

“They (the monitors) make drivers more aware of their speed,” Riffel said, noting that the monitors will even “flash if they (drivers) are going over the speed limit at that spot.”

The city manager said the police department has leased two of these “speed awareness monitors” from a company in Mooreland on a “month to month basis.”

How long the monitors are used is “at the discretion of the police department depending on how effective they find them and how many different places they would like to address,” Riffel said, noting that the monitors are being financed through the police department’s “traffic budget.”

The two monitors, which were first put into use Thursday, have been placed “in school zones that are heavily traveled,” Riffel said. One has been placed in the southbound lane of 13th Street near Cedar Avenue to monitor traffic near the high school, while the other has been placed in the northbound lane of 22nd Street just south of Cedar Heights Elementary school.

“The effectiveness is already being noticed,” Riffel said, noting “we’ve already received a good response back from the officers as they’ve seen drivers immediately slow down” after seeing their speed displayed on the monitors.

The monitors will eventually be moved, Riffel said, noting “they will be placed in different locations throughout town for various times.”

The purpose for this, he said, is so that officers can help “address areas where we’ve gotten complaints about speeding.”

“Our traffic officers can’t be at all places at all times,” Riffel said, noting the monitors will help to serve as reminders for drivers to watch their speed.

“It doesn’t replace traffic control,” Riffel said. “It’s just a tool to increase driver awareness.”

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