Speed Measuring Devices

With the current technology available, the enforcement of speed is sadly outdated and dangerous for officers and the public.

Types of Speed Enforcement

As technology has advanced, only recently are municipalities using photo radar as a safe means of speed enforcement. Without the insurance implications for drivers.

Many 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 then 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Every year accidents happen, police pursuits occur and the police and the public are put at risk with this outdated form of enforcement.

Speed Enforcement Types

Most police forces use three different ways to catch motorists doing slightly over the speed limit:

Except for photo radar, each type of enforcement requires that the officer physically “catch” the motorist speeding then chase down or stop the vehicle.

Photo Radar Enforcement

Recently municipalities have implemented photo radar speed enforcement.

The municipality installs a speed measuring radar with a camera at the side of the roadway.

When a speeding vehicle is recorded, the camera takes a picture of the vehicle.  The ticket is then mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle, not the driver.

Laser Speed Enforcement

The officer has a hand held or laser radar on a tripod in a stationary set up.  One or more police officers maybe standing and using the laser.

The laser radar is able to record the speed of a moving vehicle over a kilometer away.  The officer uses the laser beam in the unit, which puts a red dot on the vehicle, the officer pulls the trigger and the speed is recorded.  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.

Read More About Pacing Speed Enforcement >