In its six-year life, Tega Cay’s solitary radar cart, which monitors traffic speed on busy streets around the city, has been vandalized twice and even hit by lightning.
In the next few months, if the budged proposed for the city’s next fiscal year stays largely intact, Tega Cay will bring in a second cart to serve the public. The cart, a SafePace Cruiser LT, is solar-powered and can potentially last much longer on the streets. The existing cart needs to charge for two days after time in the field.
A solar panel would recharge the cart’s battery-powered engine, said Charlie Funderburk, Tega Cay’s city manager. Funderburk said the city has received numerous calls to ask if he could post the radar speed cart in various neighborhoods to deter speeders.
“It’s definitely a good speed deterrent and it’s also good at capturing vehicle data, like how many times a car is coming down the street, the number of cars, the real average speed,” Funderburk said.
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“Lowering the limit doesn’t necessarily stop speeders, but these carts help give us accurate data of whether people are actually speeding on the roads.”
Funderburk said there will be a public reading of the fiscal year budget at the Aug. 19 council meeting. If it passes all readings, the budget will take effect on Oct. 1.
“[The solar cart] wasn’t available to us several years ago when we got the one we have, but this is something law enforcement folks are really happy about,” Funderburk said.