Police Speed Detecting Tactics: A Guest Post

When it comes to catching reckless drivers, there’s a lot of different tactics and methods used to catch them. As the people of the road evolve, so does law enforcement. It’s a never-ending struggle to catch people who are out there endangering others and themselves but sometimes, the tactics used to catch minor offenses like non-felony speeding are a little outrageous. One of the most common tricks we see out on the road is hiding.

We see a lot of law enforcement officers hiding behind something like a rock, a bush, a tree, a billboard or sitting to the side where they may not be visible to people coming up on the speed trap. Again, if you’re driving recklessly and putting people in danger of being injured, then we can understand but if you’re being pulled over for something minor and getting a ticket for that, it’s a little ridiculous. Also, there are a lot of restrictions working against law enforcement officers due to the many complaints against how they’ve used their radars.

In one example, it’s actually illegal in Illinois for law enforcement officers to use any kind of speed trap device within 500 feet of any sign that announces a speed change, particularly, a drop-in speed. If you get a ticket within 500 feet of a sign that indicates you should adjust your speed, you can fight it in court and you’ll most likely win. This is only in Illinois though and we’re not sure if this applies to any other states or not.

Also, a lot of people don’t know this but an officer has to visualize how fast the vehicle is going before they use their radar and initiate a traffic stop. They can’t initiate a traffic stop just because they think you’re speeding. This process used to be called sampling and it was being used with an incredibly high amount of bias, so laws were put in place to eliminate that from happening.

Are Police Allowed to Hide?

Yes, absolutely. This isn’t really a speed trap per se and it’s 100% legal. There’s no law or anything against hiding even if it’s a little shady to some people. The only thing we dislike is when this tactic is used to pull over minor offenders on the road that aren’t really putting people at risk or endangering themselves.

For people in the UK and people visiting, there are usually 3 different lanes of travel with a 4th lane that a lot of people don’t know the purpose of if they’re not familiar with the area. This area is to be used only as a hard shoulder lane and it’s for emergencies only. If you’re caught passing on the 4th lane or utilizing that lane when your vehicle hasn’t broken down, you’ll more than likely receive a citation. Some districts allow the use of the 4th lane today but you have to check by district because not all of them do.

As police radar detectors get better, so do law enforcement weapons of choice. For people in big cities, it’s really not uncommon for a helicopter to be sent out into the air to conduct traffic safety monitoring and if you’re caught speeding, illegally passing or doing something reckless, you can rest assured, you’ll be pulled over soon. This isn’t a tactic used too often because helicopters and the fuel are expensive to maintain. Not only that but pilots also get paid more and they don’t like the idea of paying them overtime.

Rear facing radars is starting to become a bit more common among cities as well. If you’re speeding and behind a trooper, they used to just look at their speedometer, let you pass and then pull you over. Now, they don’t need to do that because there’s a lot of officers who have rear facing radars that can detect people speeding behind them, which is kind of weird because wouldn’t the officer need to be speeding in order to utilize that technology?

In any event, the best defense you have against police speed detecting tactics is to simply not speed. We know how annoying getting a ticket can be but reckless driving is still reckless driving, no matter how you look at it. Buckle up, keep your eyes on the road and stick to the laws.

This is a guest post written by:

Ebby Lein | Chief Editor at RRD
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