The need for speed patrol
Will County using latest technology to catch, prohibit speeding motorists
Friday, December 3, 2004
By Stephen Stanis
Special to the Daily Southtown
Will County sheriff's police are using the latest technology — a laser speed tracker known as Lidar — to try to deter speeding.
The laser has greater range than a typical radar gun, can pinpoint a car in a line of traffic and, because of the narrow beam it shoots, is less likely to be picked up by radar detectors, sheriff's police said.
"This is capable of going over a mile away. At 1,000 feet, (the beam) has an 18-inch radius, so even with an expensive radar detector, unless you bring it up over the dashboard, it's not going to go off," officer Chuck Albin said.
A few weeks ago, officers conducted special speeding enforcement in the Homer Glen area using Lidar and issued 64 speeding tickets and 12 warnings, Ray Horowitz, the sheriff's director of traffic safety, said.
Albin parked at the S-curve on Parker Road north of Chicago-Bloomington Trail Road. In 2003, there were 48 traffic accidents on Parker Road, making it a primary target for the enhanced enforcement by sheriff's police.