Illinois Strikes a Balance in Traffic Calming Trends

Law Enforcement and Municipalities Share “Top Influencer” Position; Purchase More Radar Speed Signs Than Any Other Customer Category

IllinoisALPHARETTA, Georgia, July 14, 2015—In Illinois, municipalities and law enforcement departments share the state’s most influential spot when it comes to traffic calming: they tie for the “Prairie State’s” top customer category in driver feedback signs purchased from Radarsign™.This finding is the result of an analysis of 12-month sales from Radarsign, the manufacturer of the world’s first armored driver feedback signs.

Using data from 2014, the study found that 31 percent of radar speed signs sold in Illinois were purchased by municipalities and 31 percent were purchased by law enforcement departments. While the exact match is unusual, it’s not unusual to see similar traffic calming trends between municipalities and local police departments where budgets can be shared through collaborative initiatives.

Additionally, law enforcement view city and county purchases as benchmarking best practices and visa versa.  This means tandem trends like this usually have some foundation of intentionality: one adopts what the other is doing.

Why Illinois’ Municipalities are Choosing Radar Speed Signs

In the previous two years, Illinois has seen a year-over-year increase in traffic deaths, making traffic calming measures a top priority. Nationally, driver feedback signs have become a preferred, go-to traffic calming solution because they are scientifically proven to be effective and because they are well-liked by the community.

“We work with hundreds of municipalities and law enforcement departments across the country,” says Charlie Robeson, Radarsign Co-Founder and Managing Partner. “Our driver feedback signs provide the portability needed by the police, and the vandal resistance required by municipalities to provide a long-term solution to slowing speeding drivers in a way that citizens appreciate.”

About Radarsign® Brand Radar Speed Signs:
In 2004, Atlanta-based Radarsign® established new industry standards for traffic calming solutions with the debut of the world’s first armored driver feedback signs.Radarsign radar speed signs are vandal-, weather- and bullet-resistant. They are also the traffic calming industry’s most durable, most ecological and most energy efficient radar speed signs. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, all Radarsign models are MUTCD-compliant and utilize recycled aluminum, innovative LED reflector technology, minimal battery power and solar panels to deliver bright, easy-to-read feedback to drivers. Radarsign products are scientifically proven to reduce drivers’ speeds and have been entrusted to provide safe and effective traffic calming solutions for: municipalities, treasured national parks, schools, neighborhoods, military bases, and private and public development projects across the U.S., Canada and overseas.