NewsLocal News

Actions

UPD stealth stat box aims to slow down reckless drivers

Posted at 9:19 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 23:19:09-05

MIDVALE, Utah — With the number of speeding incidents on the rise, law enforcement is using a new tool to curb the problem.

Unified Police is temporarily installing the ‘Stealth Stat Box’ in neighborhoods where residents complain about reckless drivers.

The box tracks the number of cars and their average speed on the street where it is installed. It then produces a spreadsheet that breaks down the data in 15-minute intervals. The numbers are analyzed to help direct traffic enforcement officers to the most problematic areas.

“It might really be able to help us to allocate resources more effectively,” said Sgt. Melody Cutler with Unified Police.

The device does not collect any personal information.

“Not going to send a ticket. No recording of license plate. Not even the type of your car,” Sgt. Cutler said.

One resident of the neighborhood is welcoming the technology with open arms.

“We have filed complaints and asked to have speed bumps or a stop sign put in,” said Jolene Day. “If it’s for the speed trap I am so for it.”

Day is optimistic this will help improve safety in the neighborhood.

“I hope it makes a difference and it slows them down,” Day said. “There’s a lot of problems, not just with speeders just going through, but people trying to bypass that light on a busy day.”

The stealth stat box stays in a neighborhood for several days before being relocated.