Delaware DOT Testing Emotive Radar Signs

July 21, 2023
About a dozen signs will be installed later this year.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will install 11 "emotive radar signs" statewide later this year.

The signs will display a happy or sad face depending on the driver's speed. The signs are part of a pilot program designed to address excessive speeding on Delaware roads.

If you are at or under the speed limit, the sign will show a happy face. Any speed above the limit will cause a sad face to display.

About a dozen of the emoji signs will be placed on the following roads throughout the state:

New Castle County locations

  • Grubb Road
  • Marsh Road
  • Mt. Lebanon Road
  • Milltown Road
  • Glasgow Avenue
  • Kirkwood St. Georges Road

Kent County locations

  • Forrest Avenue
  • Peachtree Run
  • Johnson Road

Sussex County locations

  • Long Neck Road
  • Bayard Road

The signs are not enforcement devices so no penalty will be associated with them. C.R McLeod, DelDOT's director of community relations told The Delaware News Journal that the department will monitor the signs' effectiveness over the next year before deciding whether to replicate the signs in other locations.

Speeding was the primary factor in 252 crashes last year and one of the public's biggest points of concern to DelDOT and law enforcement.

There is no official timeline for when the signs will be installed. 


Source: Delaware News Journal

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