Testing New Laser Speed Enforcement Technology
Unlike radar, police officers can use laser tools to distinguish between the speeds of different vehicles during heavy traffic. One laser gun called Pro-Lite from Kustom Signals features a new binocular-type technology and weighs less than one pound. The easy single-button operation triggers multiple fires at moving vehicles.
Kustom, along with a firm called Applied Concepts, offers laser guns featuring digital cameras that allow officers to print out images on-site. Pictures from the Kustom LaserCam can display the date, time, and speed, while the Stalker LiderCam can display the speed/distance.
And in tests, Laser Atlanta's SpeedLaser was able to target a vehicle's speed from as far away as 9,204 feet, although such distances cannot be legally used because it lacks a visual tracking history.
Laser Atlanta's guns also can report instances of jamming using Class 1, 2, and 3 jammer types.
At present, no federal law prohibits laser jamming but some states such as California have passed laws that ban the jammers. Laser Technology's UltraLyte, which can run on two "C" batteries or a permanent power source, helps officers identify tailgating and also features software that can facilitate accident reconstruction.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Police and Security News (06/06) Vol. 22, No. 3, P. 91; Fors, Carl