|A speed monitor on Wayne Drive, Annandale.|
Officer Mike Green will be using various devices on local streets to track speeding, such as portable screens that let drivers know how fast they’re going; tubes places across a road that record vehicle data; and small electronic monitors on a road that drivers usually don’t notice called “stealth pads.”
Those devices collect statistical information for the police; they don’t identify specific vehicles, said Green, an Annandale High School graduate who’s been at the Mason station for eight years.
If there are lots of complaints about speeding on a particular street, Green will put up a speed monitoring device. And if it shows a large number of people are speeding, an officer will be stationed there. He also promised to investigate complaints about parking and pedestrian safety issues involving students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology on Braddock Road.
The speed monitoring devices operated by the police are not used to determine whether traffic calming measures should be implemented. That is a separate program operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation at the request of neighborhood associations.
Meanwhile, drivers are urged to be extra alert, as VDOT crews will be mowing the grass and cutting back brush along roadsides and in medians throughout the area. The first round of mowing in Northern Virginia is expected to be completed by mid-June.
VDOT will mow grass three times through late October along interstates, primary roads, and high-volume secondary roads and twice along low-volume primary and most secondary roads. To report a problem, such vegetation blocking drivers’ view of traffic, visit the “report a road problem” section on the VDOT website or call 800/367-7623.