Covert radar guns are not the answer, BRYAN MILAZZO, Bow - Letter
For the Monitor
September 26. 2006 8:00AM
recently measured high levels of radiation in my home and traced it to a beige box mounted to a telephone pole 200 feet from my home. I had a New Hampshire radiological employee examine it and was told the box is the property of the Bow Police Department.
The box is in fact a covert radar unit with data-gathering capabilities similar to a Decatur SpeedSpy. This radar gun is unmonitored and on 24 hours a day, beaming microwave radiation into my family's home.
Constant radiation of this type may cause cancer and can affect medical devices such as pacemakers. None of theses type of radar guns have been tested by the NHTSA or any agency for their intended purpose.
Many of the speeders passing my home have radar detectors that sense the covert radar gun before the radar can track them, causing the speeders to slow past the radar gun and then speed up. Any data gathered by this device would be flawed, and use of this erroneous data by the Bow PD to argue that speeding is not a problem in Bow would be false and would cause more accidents. The police would argue, falsely based on the radar data, that there is no speeding problem therefore they don't need to enforce a particular area.
Portsmouth is using a similar device. This is not the answer to enforcing speed limits. These covert radar guns cost as much as $5,000 each. Tell your representative that these devices should not be used and urge them to pass legislation to make them illegal.