Newport Town Council own two portable Speed Indication Devices which are moved at regular intervals to roads identified as being most likely to be used by traffic exceeding the speed limit. Speed Indicator Devices (or SIDs for short) are temporary vehicle activated signs which detect and display real-time vehicle speeds.
SIDs are a relatively cheap method of speed management, which aim to highlight drivers’ speed behaviour in different driving environments. The devices are easy to install, and can therefore be moved easily from location to location, reacting to local driving issues.
Newport Town Council have given the SIDs Pet names Nemo and Dory, which we felt were fitting as Newport is known for its three fish crest.
The locations around Newport where the SIDs will be placed have been carefully selected to try to improve driving patterns in Newport’s speeding hotspots. Nemo and Dory will be moved every four weeks or so, and will record speed data as well as flashing warning messages to those exceeding the speed limit. The data is passed to the local policing team to help them to target their traffic patrols more precisely, and to the Borough Council’s Highways team to assist in road planning.