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New radar guns on hold

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 6:18 AMChad Bryan
A policewoman writing up a traffic ticket in Hope Bay, Portland. Proposed traffic legislation may hit motorists hard, with ticket fines set to skyrocket by up to 300 per cent.
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Earlier this year, it was announced that the police would be getting new state-of-the-art radar guns. These would replace the ones currently utilised to determine if a motorist is exceeding the speed limit in a particular area. It is expected that this development would drastically reduce complaints by motorists who complain that they have been wrongfully identified as speeding, especially when they are driving in a line of traffic going at roughly the same speed.

However, head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said there is a process that must be followed before the new devices are deployed on the streets.

"There are some administrative things that have to be done before they are put into operation. It has to be gazetted, similar to how they treat with roads. This has to be done before it can be operationalised," Allen said.

 

No timeline yet

 

The traffic head could not give a timeline as to when this will be done, as it is in the responsibility of the government.

"That is not in the hands of traffic. That is more from the Government. It cannot be rushed. It has to be done in a very meticulous way," the senior superintendent said.

Pointing out that the new radar guns are extremely accurate, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen outlined the points of separation between them and those currently in use.

"The difference between what is coming and what we currently use is the fact that those are able to capture video. The vehicle that is being checked for speeding will be captured and shown to the motorist. It will capture the driver, the vehicle will be seen and the registration will be clearly seen. The current one only shows the speed at which you have been clocked," he said.

The new radar gun, through sophisticated technology, collects and stores a complete chain of videos which show not only speeding but also tailgating. It also produces a high resolution image that is capable of identifying vehicle make, model, licence plate number and the facial features of the driver.