Billings police get grant for new radar units
News-Leader staff • July 7, 2009
The Billings Police Department has been awarded more than $5,000 in grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation to buy a pair of new radar units and several portable breath-testing units.
The grants, administered through the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety District 8, will allow the department to replace older radar units in three of the Billings department’s three patrol cars.
“One significant advantage of the new units is the ability to conduct same lane enforcement,” the department said in a news release. “These new units have the capability to determine the speed of another vehicle traveling in the same lane as the officer regardless if they are in front or behind the officer.”
The department also will be able to buy three portable breath testing instruments that can be used to test motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated as well as juveniles suspected of consuming alcohol.