City seeks ‘speed trailer’ to discourage dangerous driving

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2006

Speeders have become a growing problem in one Linden neighborhood, especially during school hours.

Tuesday night, Councilmember Mitzi Gates brought the concerns of residents of the area to the council.

“On Shiloh between Coates and Cahaba Avenues there is a real problem with speeding during school times,” Gates said. “It has generally been young people and several of the people who live on the street are concerned about it.”

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Linden Police Chief Jeff Laduron said they have already taken a proactive approach to solve the problem.

“We have one officer out during school times working the schools and another patrolling that area,” Laduron said. “That is something we have talked about and we are working on.”

Laduron said a speed trailer could also be helpful in discouraging speeders in other areas.

“I think if we had one we could move around it would really make a big difference,” Laduron said. “It has a flashing light and a radar built in and when drivers come by it shows them how fast they are going. I think it could really make a big difference.”

Laduron said he attempted to get a traveling speed sign through traffic safety, but has not been successful. The cost of a new sign is around $5,000.

Making drivers aware of their speeds, Gates said, could be a good way to prevent potential incidents.

“I think sometimes people are not aware of how fast they are going,” Gates said. “But, there are a lot of children out there.”

The council also honored former City Clerk Pam Duke, who recently stepped down after nine years of service.

Duke had been with the city since 1997 and served as city clerk and treasurer for the city. The council passed a resolution honoring Duke and thanking her for her years of service.

Industry was also a topic of discussion at the Tuesday meeting. Industrial Development Board co-chairman Pat Dixon said they were hoping to plan an informative meeting soon for local landowners.

“We are in the process of planning a meeting for landowners very soon,” Dixon said. “We will be bringing in people who are in positions to correct any misunderstandings that have been published. We are very pleased with the people we have coming in.”

Dixon said they don’t have a date set, but hope to very soon. She also said they have continued talks even though things seem to have been silent for the last few months.

“Things are probably going much better than the public realizes because they haven’t really heard anything from the board,” Dixon said.