by Basha Cohen |
Who isn’t guilty of speeding to drop off their kids, or make it to work on time? Commander Paul Pazen of Northwest Denver’s District 1 and his team of law enforcement officers have two new “Robo-Cops” on the force to help remind citizens to slow down in the name of traffic safety. He calls them, “Force multipliers,” and lauds the effectiveness of these non-human traffic enforcers. The two portable, speed-detecting trailers were introduced by the police and Montero in front of Valdez Elementary on April 25.
In conjunction with a citywide effort to remind drivers and pedestrians about traffic safety, the Denver Police are rolling out two new speed trailers in Northwest Denver. The new equipment, acquired with the tenacious assistance of Councilwoman Judy Montero, will provide police with an improved tool to monitor traffic and pedestrian safety. Pazen noted, “With increased traffic, pedestrian and bicyclists these days, speed trailers act as a significant reminder to drivers to respect posted speed limits. The beauty of this technologically advanced equipment is that we are able to record traffic patterns by day, week and time in order to properly understand where the primary speeding occurs. This allows us to deploy additional traffic police in the appropriate areas and times to protect our citizens.”
Pazen was especially grateful to Councilwoman Montero for her dedication to the acquisition of equipment. The units cost approximately $7,000 each. Pazen said, “We wouldn’t have them if it wasn’t for you, so we put a plaque on the device in your honor.” Montero quipped, “It was my pleasure to help with this important safety cause. In fact, as I was ‘speeding’ over here to get to the press conference on time, they made me slow down.”
Montero was motivated to find the funding for these mobile units because she viewed it a very personal problem for herself and the neighborhoods she represents. “I felt that I couldn’t sit back and do nothing since there have been huge problems with hit-and-runs in the Denver Metro area. As neighborhoods are becoming so dense part of what we are trying to do is be proactive and get people who are not always mindful of posted speed limits to pay attention. ”
District 1 takes the matter of chronic speed zones very seriously. It is critical for concerned citizens to call 3-1-1 to report areas that have ongoing speeding issues. These moveable speed trackers will help. Many school zones in particular would benefit from additional traffic safety equipment like this to slow oncoming traffic. Pazen noted, “If schools or other high-traffic business areas are interested in partnering with us through fundraising and public/private partnerships, I encourage them to contact me, in order to increase the number of these traffic safety devices throughout Northwest Denver.”