Dec. 08, 2004

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE rejected a simple, free repair to error-prone radar guns last year, fearing the public would find out and challenge speeding tickets, according to newly released state police internal memos.

Rather than fix radar guns that a state police commander said "are consistently malfunctioning or not functioning at all," top brass rejected the radar manufacturer's offer of 600 portable battery packs and decided to keep the problems secret, the documents say, apparently hoping that innocent motorists nailed with speeding fines wouldn't find out.