Troopers get zap with new laser devices
June 21, 2006
Thanks to a federal grant, the South Carolina Highway Patrol will soon be able to break some tunnel vision, with speed detection at least.
A $125,000 grant to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety has allowed for the purchase of 73 dual antenna radars and seven laser imaging detection and ranging devices, LIDAR.
The dual antenna radars will allow troopers to track the speed of vehicles, not just in front of them as they do now, but also behind them. The LIDAR devices will enable troopers to track vehicle speeds in very condensed clusters of traffic, department spokesman Sgt. Kelley Hughes said.
"A good example would be I(nterstate) 85 in rush-hour traffic," he said about using the LIDAR devices.
According to Sgt. Hughes, the dual antenna systems will particularly benefit troopers enforcing speeds around median barriers.
Anderson, Greenville and Laurens counties are among the 13 counties of concentration where the new equipment will be used.