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David Melson

Picturing the Past 94: Speeders beware

Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 7:34 AM
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  • Yep, I think that I may have helped to pay for that contraption.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 9:06 AM
  • I remember this device being used in front of Southside School in the summer of 1958. Two cables were stretched across the road a set distance apart and the time elapsed the vehicle took between the cables was measured by a timer and converted to mph.

    -- Posted by LarLMoore on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 5:26 PM
  • I think the things that stretched across the road were closed air hoses, and the signal was sent to the unit as two puffs of air. A very light car or a motorcycle tended not to activate that type detector. It was manned, so you could still be nabbed by the cop on the scene -- there just wasn't any indication of your actual speed.

    -- Posted by razyn on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 11:04 AM
  • Sometime in the late 1060s I went out with an officer who was testing this device. The first driver who passed by was speeding. It was his wife. The second driver was also speeding...and that driver was my wife, Harriet. After muttering a few words, he put the device back in his patrolman and that's the last time I heard of it being used to nab speeders.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 3:14 PM
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