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Placid may buy sign to warn speeders

LAKE PLACID — Local officials are looking at purchasing new equipment to help curb speeding on village streets — an electric sign that warns drivers how fast they’re going.

Mayor Craig Randall brought up the proposal during the regular village board meeting on Monday. He said he’s heard some complaints from residents who say drivers have been speeding through neighborhood streets in the Blueberry Hill and Mill Pond Drive areas.

“Speeding is a problem out there,” he said. “We do make sure there’s extra attention paid to vendors in that particular area. With our limited law enforcement forces, it’s difficult to be every place every time.”

Randall said he spoke with Lake Placid Police Chief William Moore and asked if it would be possible to place an electronic monitor in those areas, “only to be told we don’t have that kind of equipment.”

The radar-type anti-speeding equipment that Randall suggested the village consider purchasing — called “The Stalker Speed Awareness Monitor” — would cost roughly $9,500. A speed limit sign could also be placed beneath the equipment, he said. The village of Saranac Lake also uses the same equipment.

Randall suggested that the village board discuss purchasing the equipment at its next work session.

“It would be nice to put this out periodically,” Trustee Art Devlin said. He noted that the equipment could be useful on multiple streets.

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