DOWNTOWN — As part of a growing road safety campaign, police bought two electronic message signs that warn motorists to slow down, put down their cell phones and pay attention to the road.
Police are planning to display messages such as "No texting" and "Slow down" on the electronic signs, which were funded by state grant money.
On Wednesday, traffic officers and public works employees got a crash course on operating the massive billboard devices, which could also display public appeals for leads on crime cases.
"You can see it a mile away," Bill Brewer, western regional sales manager for sign manufacturer, Wanco.
Any message on the signs will appear brighter from as far away as 1,000 feet to ensure the motorist can see it, he said.
The signs also come equipped with radar to determine a motorist's speed.
The department has never owned electronic message boards, which police officials plan to use to divert traffic and as part of public safety campaigns, Traffic Bureau Lt. Gary Montecuollo said.