by Joyce Tremel
If any of you drive through Shaler Township in the near future, I'd advise you to watch your speed. Our boys have a new toy: the ENRADD. Never heard of it? Me neither, until recently.
ENRADD stands for Electronic Non-Radar Device. (In PA, only the state police are permitted by law to use radar.) It uses wireless infrared beams to measure speed. A sensor is placed on each side of the roadway and as the vehicle crosses through the beam, a signal is transmitted to a police car. The cool thing is that the police car can be up to 2000 feet away. By the time the driver spots the police car and slows down, it's too late. It's the most accurate speed timing device on the market. And there's no chance of human error, like with VASCAR.
VASCAR is the former way our PD clocked speeders. The traffic officer used a special stopwatch to time drivers between the two white lines painted on the roadway. The problem with this method is the officer had to start and stop the timing device. With ENRADD, the officer is not the one calculating the speed, the machine does it for him.
Yes, the guys love it.
And I'm sure I'll hate it. I'm the one who has to enter all those citations into the computer. I like citations about as much as the people who receive them. It's pure data entry and it is BORING.
They set up the ENRADD today on Route 8 (the major road through the township),so I'm sure I'll have lots and lots to complain about next week. They expected to write about 70 tags. I'll be sure to whine about every single one them.