The Albuquerque Police Department has a new way of keeping an eye on speeding drivers.
On the surface it looks like just another speed radar trailer, but these ones actually have cameras.
Most people driving by haven’t noticed a change with APD’s new speed radar trailers.
While those new trailers are measuring and posting drivers’ speeds, they’re also watching.
“We’re looking now for new ways to bring technology to this problem,” City Councilor Pat Davis said.
The problem of speeding is what Councilor Davis hopes to tackle with these two new high-tech speed trailers, each with a camera built into the screen.
“For the first time, we’re trying to create something that’s not just, sort of a deterrent, but something that’s really interactive,” Davis said.
The camera is mounted right in the middle of the screen, so that camera can see every single car that passes by, and that camera can send pictures and videos back to APD instantly.
“If you drive by fast enough, it sends an alert to APD and takes a picture of the vehicle, and it says, ‘Hey, this red Chevy is going too fast, and here’s when it was,'” Davis explained.
With that data, Davis says APD won’t be sending tickets in the mail, but rather getting a better idea of when to put officers at speeding hot spots to do traffic enforcement.
“That might be half an hour of traffic enforcement instead of eight hours of overtime that we could have used that officer somewhere else,” Davis said.
Each of the trailers cost about $16,000, which comes from a special fund for projects in Councilor Pat Davis’ district.
They hope to deploy the camera trailers next on Lead and Coal in Nob Hill.