When residents from Tartan Fields in southern Delaware County asked Sheriff Walter L. Davis III for more patrols by deputies to control speeders on their street, Davis said budget constraints made that next to impossible.

When residents from Tartan Fields in southern Delaware County asked Sheriff Walter L. Davis III for more patrols by deputies to control speeders on their street, Davis said budget constraints made that next to impossible.

He told those gathered at a recent Neighborhood Block Watch meeting, however, he has some new tools in his arsenal that could lower speeds on their streets.

Davis recently purchased a second speed trailer that shows approaching drivers how fast they are traveling. The trailer cost $7,455.

The goal is to keep one in the northern part of the county and send the other to the south, the sheriff said.

"This tool promotes self-awareness for motorists. When they see exactly how fast they are going, most drivers are reminded to slow down," he said.

It's like getting stopped by a deputy and driving away with a warning, Davis said. That doesn't mean motorists won't find a deputy sitting on the side of the road a short distance from the trailer, waiting to catch those who don't get the message.

The trailers give the department a "visible presence in a specific area around the clock. ... They are not a replacement for a deputy, but an additional tool for us to utilize," he said.

The trailer placement will be determined by need, he said, in school zones, subdivisions and other areas where speeding is a problem.

The sheriff's office also recently purchased a third motorcycle to patrol around the community.

It cost $21,666, Davis said, compared to $24,500 for a cruiser.

"The motorcycles are a good investment. Not only do they help us patrol in a new way but they use less gasoline than cruisers," he said.

The motorcycles have better mobility, making them the better choice when traffic is congested, he said. Also, the deputies are out in the open, free from any barriers making them more approachable to the community.

The motorcycle patrol deputies have completed their recertification and citizens should see them on the road starting in April, Davis said. The speed trailers will begin appearing along the county's roadways in mid-April.