Most motorists have seen a “traffic trailer” at one time or another, sitting by the site of a street or highway, displaying the speed of an approaching vehicle. In Hannibal, the police department’s old traffic trailer has been replaced by a new one which is now in service.


Most motorists have seen a “traffic trailer” at one time or another, sitting by the site of a street or highway, displaying the speed of an approaching vehicle. In Hannibal, the police department’s old traffic trailer has been replaced by a new one which is now in service.
“It compares to the previous one, only this one is more compact because of the technical advances that have been made in computers,” said Capt. James Hark, adding that the new device is more resistant to the weather and tampering than its predecessor.
The new traffic trailer comes equipped with a solar panel and is capable of running off of a self-contained battery.
“It’s all one self-contained unit,” said Hark.
The purchase of the new trailer was not done solely to acquire a device that is more high tech. When seeking permission in October to order the new trailer, Chief Lyndell Davis told the city council that the older traffic monitoring trailer had become increasingly difficult to keep functional.
“This purchase allows us to replace an aging piece of equipment that had become unreliable and the cost of repairing it had exceeded its value,” said Hark.

For additional details, see the Tuesday, Dec. 22, edition of the Hannibal Courier-Post.