BENNINGTON — Bennington Police, along with the Bennington County Sheriff's Department, received new "speed trailers" this week.

They are among seven police agencies in the state to receive them. The devices, which detect and display the speed of oncoming vehicles, are valued at $8,000 each. They were bought with grant funds from the Vermont Highway Safety Program. Officers have been trained in their use.

According to a release from the Bennington Police, the trailers will be placed in areas where police suspect speeding is an issue. The machines also record the speeds of vehicles they detect. That data will be used to help police direct their patrols.