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Roadway safety group gives grants to police in Waynesville, Saint Robert
WAYNESVILLE/SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 12, 2009) — Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety personnel announced Thursday that city police in both Waynesville and Saint Robert have been awarded grants for emergency road safety equipment.

The larger of the two grants will go to St. Robert, where police in that city will get $3,808 to purchase two TruSpeed Laser Lidar Detectors to identify speeding drivers.

According to a press release from Kelly Martin, the South Central Regional Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Transportation, the presence of the new laser speed detectors won’t be seen on radar detectors.

“By the time (a radar detector) detects the signal, the TruSpeed will already have a speed-reading. This gives the violator zero reaction time, which makes all detectors completely useless,” Martin said.

The speed detectors also offer “pinpoint targeting,” a technology which enables officers to effectively distinguish the speed and direction of a single vehicle in multi-lane traffic, Martin said.

“The goal in using lidar technology for speed enforcement is to deter violators from breaking the law and ultimately saving lives,” said Sgt. Butch Hohman, the traffic sergeant for the St. Robert Police Department

Martin said her agency is “placing an emphasis on law enforcement this fiscal year.”

“When Sgt. Hohman and I discussed the large volume of traffic in St. Robert, it was evident that these new lidar guns would be an asset to the St. Robert Police Department. Our goal is to reduce the number of accident related injuries and fatalities on Missouri’s roadways. This is a step in the right direction,” Martin said.

The smaller grant to Waynesville will provide $1,351.71 from the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety for the Waynesville Police Department to purchase two sets of rechargeable emergency turboflares.

Assistant Chief Clarence Liberty said he was very pleased by the purchase made with this grant.

The smaller grant to Waynesville will provide $1,351.71 from the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety for the Waynesville Police Department to purchase two sets of rechargeable emergency turboflares.

Assistant Chief Clarence Liberty said he was very pleased by the purchase made with this grant. The turboflares arrived in September and have already been put to use during a vehicle crash on Interstate 44.

“One of my officers was at an incident and used it to assist the highway patrol and was very pleased with their utility and durability,” Liberty said.

According to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the TurboFlare emergency flares can rotate in a full circle of 360 degrees and have “ultra bright LEDs.”

“TurboFlare is made of the same material as golf balls (Dupont Surlyn) and are designed hold up under the harshest road conditions. The TurboFlare Road Flare can even be run over by a vehicle and continue to function properly,” Martin said. “Purchases such as these road flares help in creating a safer work environment for our enforcement officers. Specialized equipment and increased enforcement will help to make Missouri’s roadways safer.”

Liberty confirmed that the turboflares are as tough as advertised.

“A vehicle did derive over it and it is still intact,” Liberty said. “It left a pretty substantial rubber mark but it didn’t crack it or nothing ... I am told that if something does go wrong with it, it has a lifetime guarantee.”

The turboflares come in a box with six flares each that looks somewhat like a toolbox, Liberty said, and are placed on an electrical recharging strip.

“When they are put in the box there is a strip they go down on, you just plug the box into the wall or they can be wired into the vehicle where they are recharged by the vehicle,” Liberty said. “Hopefully in the future, we can get enough so there is one per vehicle.”

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