Northwest NEWS

April 10, 2000

Local News

Woodinville, Kenmore share speed unit

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--The Woodinville City Council authorized an interlocal agreement with the City of Kenmore for joint ownership and shared use of a trailer-mounted Speed Monitoring Unit (SMU) at their April 3 meeting. The agreement, proposed by Kenmore Police Chief Cliff Sether, will save both cities thousands of dollars.

   An SMU is a parked trailer with a self-contained radar gun and digital display board that reflects an approaching driver's speed, to check against the posted limit. The purchase is part of Woodinville's Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program to address traffic concerns, particularly involving speeding on neighborhood streets, said Mick Monken, Woodinville Public Works Director.

   "The use of these units has proven to have a positive effect in making motorists aware of public concerns over vehicles speeding in a posted area," said Monken. "The upside of this agreement is that the unit will get better utilization; there is a cost saving for the purchase; and it demonstrates a partnership of communities. This partnership could lead to other joint efforts where the cities could use collective efforts to provide better services to our communities."