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In a town that has an aching need for speed, drivers find themselves pounding down their brakes more often than not thanks to a unique traffic tool. Speedway police have been using the Traffic Enforcement Trailer for six years and have noticed a significant decrease in speed around town.

The trailer looks like a regular speedometer that sits on the side of the road, but when a driver goes over the speed limit, the trailer's red and blue lights start flashing. Drivers said it looks like they're getting pulled over.

"I thought it was a hidden police car," said Dennis Barker.

Speedway police own one of three Traffic Enforcement Trailer's in Marion County. They are expensive, costing about $15,000 for each. Speedway paid for its trailer with grant money and officers wish they had more.

"As soon as (drivers) see red and blue lights illuminate, it's almost like a nose dive," said Speedway police spokeswoman Sergeant Mirantha Wilson.
She said the department moves it around almost daily, but keeps it mostly in school zones.

Some drivers like George Foster have gotten used to it.

"If you see those lights, you check your speedometer to make sure you're going the right speed," he said.

Speedway police are making sure drivers don't get too comfortable, though.

"Just because you're looking at the trailer, doesn't mean there's not an officer sitting at the next intersection or the one behind it."

On Monday afternoon, an officer pulled over three people within 30 minutes, reminding drivers why they should think twice about pushing the pedal to the metal.

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