Speed Measuring Devices
Types of Speed Enforcement
As technology has advanced police forces still use the “fishing rod and reel in” approach to catch speeding drivers.
The officer finds a nice spot known for speeders, uses a speed measuring device (“the fishing pole”) and the chase down (“real in”) the speeders.
Every year accidents happen, police pursuits occur and the police and the public are put at risk with this outdated form of enforcement.
In controlling speeding, government and police forces need to update their approach to speed enforcement by considering:
- neighbourhood traffic calming
- prohibiting racing vehicles to be licensed for our roadways
- update the attitudes and technology used for speed enforcement
Most police forces use three outdated different ways to catch motorists doing slightly over the speed limit:
Laser Speed Enforcement
The officer has a hand held or laser radar on a tripod in a stationary set up with one or more police officers standing or parked on the side of the roadway.
The laser radar can catch drivers up to about 300 to 1,000 meters away (one (1) kilometer away), Read More on Laser Speed Measuring >
Radar Speed Enforcement
The officer has a hand held or radar mounted within the police car.
Depending upon the type of radar the officer can either use it in a stationary mode or while the police vehicle is moving. Read More about Radar Speed Enforcement >
Pacing Moving Vehicles
The officer uses their police vehicle to follow the vehicle and record its speed.
The speed recorded does not have to be 100 percent accurate but within a reasonable amount, the officer signals the vehicle to stop.