October 23, 2007
Laser speed gun for police officers debuts at IACP show
An innovative LIDAR (light detection and ranging) device was unveiled at the 114th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition.
By Kristin Atwater
LIDAR speed-detection devices are fast becoming an alternative to radar guns for police officers. With LIDAR, a laser emits a highly focused beam of invisible light to calculate a vehicle’s traveling speed and direction.
A new LIDAR gun, made by Centennial, Colo.-based Laser Technology Inc., was presented to the law enforcement community at the recent IACP show, held Oct. 14-17, 2007, in New Orleans.
Called 20/20 TruSpeed, the device offers speed accuracy within 1 mph and a range of 2,000 ft. Features include an onboard Accuracy Validation Process, which automatically verifies the accuracy of each measurement before displaying the reading. The accurate and reliable measurements ensure courtroom credibility for police officers submitting evidence of speeding violations.
“LIDAR is truly the only technology that effectively distinguishes the speed and direction of a single vehicle in multi-lane traffic,” said David Williams, CEO of Laser Technology Inc. “Far better than radar, laser detection gives officers the solid evidence they need when issuing citations.”
Noting that 75 percent of police departments in the United States have 25 or fewer officers, Williams said that TruSpeed was designed to be within the reach of any department’s budget.
“Even smaller departments can now increase public awareness with an alternative speed enforcement tool and save lives by making everyone think twice about speeding,” Williams added. “Perhaps more important than just speed enforcement is a police department’s ability to increase the safety on the roads in its community.”
For more information about TruSpeed and other laser-based speed measuring devices, visit http://www.lasertech.com/.