Council District 10 buying radar guns, trailers

Councilman Carlton Soules hoping additions will increase safety

The San Antonio City Council approved District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules' request to purchase four radar guns and two radar trailers to combat speeding in the district during Wednesday's council session.

The roughly $18,000 in funds will come out of the district's city council project funds, which are discretionary funds each district has at its disposal.

Districts can spend the funds on community events but this year the district was looking for long term impact.

"This is a investment that should last us many years in the district. It's something the neighborhoods wanted and we were able to do," said Soules. "As I go around homeowner meetings across the district, number one thing that always pops out is speeding through schools, speeding through neighborhoods and what can we do about it."

The SAPD SAFFE officers in the district will primarily use the hand held radar guns allowing them better mobility for targeting notorious speed zones.

"The SAFFE officers do not have hand held radar guns, they have forward mounted guns. This gives them the ability to work with neighborhoods at intersections around schools," he said.

A majority of residents' concerns focus on school zones but both the trailers and guns will cover more than that.

"We have thoroughfares through neighborhoods that are perpetual traffic issue, high speed issues," he said. "We're going to use them all across the district."

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