by Lisa Tome
Although officials in Port Deposit have no idea how fast people were driving before they got the mobile "Your Speed" sign, they know how compliant people are being now.
"People are pretty much obeying the speed limit," said Port Deposit Finance manager Ted Sookiasian. "The initial speed unit is getting good response."
The speed check unit is placed in front of town hall on the south side of town about half the time.
The rest of the time it is divided between mid town or north.
The sign allow town officials to collect data. In December 2015, data was collected.
That data indicated that 83 percent of drivers were obeying the 25 mile per hour speed limit.
Only one driver was clocked at 61-65 miles per hour during that time span.
The sign is mobile so it can also be moved around throughout the town to meet the needs and gauge the speed in various areas.
The sign was funded with the Video, Lottery Terminal (VLT) grant program. And the town paid a portion of the cost.
The town owns the sign and it is not on loan.
Since it's been a success, a second unit is tentatively being funded in the fiscal year 2017 budget.