Arrival of Smart Speed Trackers

The new signs are capable of monitoring traffic counts, average speeds and high speeds in target areas throughout the city.

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Utica Mayor Robert M. Palmieri, along Fourth Ward Councilman Frank Meola, announced the installation of several new smart speed tracking devices in an effort to improve the safety of residents, particularly during the school year.

The new signs are solar-powered and are capable of monitoring traffic counts, average speeds and high speeds in target areas throughout the city. With this data-driven approach, public safety officials can monitor traffic patterns and focus resources on areas where speeding is occurring. The signs themselves also act as a reminder for drivers to drive safely by displaying the speed of passing cars digitally.

Councilman Meola was the first Common Council member to ask that a portion of American Rescue Plan Act money slated for his district be used on the smart signs. Subsequently, a number of other Common Council members joined in asking the same.  Residents and public safety officials have expressed concern about the speed of traffic in parts of Utica, particularly near school zones. As a result, many of the Councilpersons decided to use their share of $1.2 million allocated to the Common Council through the American Rescue plan act to purchase these smart signs.

Mayor Palmieri has agreed to bolster the number of signs in the city as need arises and the implementation of current requested signs is complete.

Mayor Palmieri said: “Our primary concern is the safety of the residents of the City of Utica. The quality of life we’re able to deliver in Utica is built on the foundation that it is a safe place to live and raise a family. We’ve taken several measures to pro-active when it comes to safety, and having a data-driven approach to speed enforcement will help Utica remain on the forefront of using technology to be as efficient and effective as possible.” 

Councilman Frank Meola said: “The best ideas start with the residents. In this case, there was a concern about the high rate of speeds being traveled through our neighborhoods. With children going to schools and playing at parks, my continuants wanted to make sure that we were doing everything we can to keep everyone safe. I commend the Police Department, Mayor Palmieri, the Engineering Department and everyone who came together to find this data-driven solution.”