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Did the city purchase two new radar/speed display units specifically for the Long Leaf Hills neighborhood?

Julian March
StarNews

Q. Did the city purchase the two new radar/speed display units specifically for the Long Leaf Hills neighborhood? It seems unfair that these units have found a permanent home for months in that area when there are other neighborhoods with speeding problems just as bad that get no help from the city?

A. No, the equipment is not for a single neighborhood.

The city of Wilmington created an initiative to manage neighborhood traffic so the city can address residents’ speeding complaints.

Long Leaf Hills is the pilot location for the project, said Don Bennett, the city’s traffic engineer.

“The purpose of the pilot is to gauge the effectiveness,” Bennett said.

The city will analyze short and long-term data from the stations, which were deployed earlier this year. Data will show whether the signs being there reduced driver speed. After the signs that display a vehicle’s speed are removed, “stealth radar” will check to see if driver’s speeds change.

To read more about how the program works, see the StarNews’ past coverage:

City pins hopes on stealth radar to combat speeding

Wilmington deploys ‘stealth radar’ boxes to track speeding

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How accurate is police radar when two vehicles pass on a two-lane highway?

What happens to the data collected by the machines displaying vehicle speeds along roads?

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