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DIRECTIONAL TARGETING 2003
NEW RADAR AND LASER GUN TARGETING TECHNOLOGIES COMPARED
By Carl Fors, Speed Measurement Laboratories, Inc.
Testing POP Mode
Finally, we investigated the highly advertised POP mode of the MPH Bee III and handheld MPH Z-25. Similar to Laser Atlanta’s stealth mode which was the only laser gun not jammed by the Laser Blinder, MPH has acknowledged the existence of 26,000,000 radar detectors (approximately 10-15% of drivers use radar detectors). Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Speed Measurement Laboratories, Inc. shows drivers with radar detectors drive five to seven miles per hour faster than those not using the device. According to U.S. DOT Traffic Facts, speeding is the second contributing factor to highway deaths and injuries. Thoroughly explained in the instruction manual, POP mode can’t be used for visual tracking history or giving traffic citations. It also can’t be locked. It is designed to be operated in areas of high radar detector use. When POP reports a target speed, the operator simply depresses the constant/instant on transmit button on the remote for tracking and a locked speed. The ideal application would be a high school parking lot or an 18-wheeler infested interstate. It is illegal in all states for 18-wheelers to use a radar detector (U.S. DOT, February 1995, Code of Federal Regulations CFR 47, parts 393, 392.71). They also can’t be used on U.S. military installations. Although illegal in trucks, some 35% of truckers still use detectors. Ideally, a patrol unit with a radar detector/detector would identify a radar detector equipped speeding 18-wheeler and then use the POP mode for a speed reading. The officer would make the traffic stop and the befuddled trucker would immediately get on the CNN of interstate, his CB, and tell truckers the futility of radar detector use. Back in the high school parking lot, the officer would politely identify students with detectors and tell them to drive toward him. He would POP them and tell them their speed. The word would travel through the school at the speed of light. Wise chiefs of police would have their picture on the front page of the local paper with the undetectable POP mode. When “instant on” radar was first introduced, similar news stories touted a radar gun that could not be detected. To test the Bee III’s Ka-band POP mode, the MPH Enforcer POP mode, and the MPH Z-25 K-band POP mode, we selected the fastest reporting radar detector, the Beltronics 980. The Bel 980 is faster than the Valentine One or the Escort 8500 as it does not scan the entire 33.4-36 GHz Ka-band. The Escort 8500 was also tested. Its accu-scan feature only looks at 33.8, 34.7 and 35.5 GHz, frequencies used by Ka-band law enforcement radar guns. Additionally, we ran the POP mode against engineering prototype radar detectors from Precision Navigation Inc. (PNI) of Santa Clara, California. We also operated non-POP model radar guns against the detectors. The test vehicle containing the radar detectors counted down at the 1,000 foot cone at 30 mph and the radar guns were triggered. The speed reading was radioed to the test vehicle. The test vehicle was then asked if the radar detector alerted the driver to radar use. The Bel 980 did not see (nor report) the POP mode of the Bee III, the MPH Enforcer, or the MPH Z-25. The test vehicle driver was greeted by silence from their detector. However, the Bel 980 did report the use of the following radar guns: Kustom Signals’ Directional Golden Eagle, Kustom Signals’ Talon, Kustom Signals’ Falcon, Stalker’s DSR, Stalker’s ATR, and the Stalker Basic. When officers were told to quick trigger (approximately one second) their radar guns against the Escort 8500, it did not see, nor report, the use of Stalker’s ATR, Stalker Basic, Kustom Directional Golden Eagle, Kustom Talon, and Kustom Falcon. The 8500 did not see any MPH POP transmissions. No PNI sample saw the POP mode nor any quick trigger Stalker gun. Expect the detector manufacturers to work on detecting the POP mode. If successful, it will help them sell detectors; Star Wars of the highways continues.
Digesting all that has been said might take a second read. Directional targeting is superior. Directional radar eliminates half of the target identification dilemmas. It’s 50% more accurate for enforcement and for the driving public. Its directionality, along with other features like fast, VSS interface, automatic fast (Stalker), automatic same lane and same lane fast make radar gun operation easier and more productive. The POP mode of MPH products will deter radar detector use and Laser Atlanta’s stealth mode is effective in defeating laser jammers. Change for change’s sake is a questionable marketing tool. The automakers do it every year, but the engine is the same. The “engine” is not the same with new, digital, directional radar guns. It’s like changing from a manual to an automatic transmission because it insures directional targeting accuracy and better court evidence. A target speed reading is not just a target speed reading anymore with directional targeting radar.
About the Author: Carl Fors is President of Speed Measurement Laboratories, Inc. (SML) of Fort Worth, TX, and has 17 years experience in field testing radar and laser devices. SML is published nationally/ internationally and heavily engaged in developing radar- and laser-based products for public safety applications. He speaks on radar, laser, and public safety topics at local, regional, and national police meetings/conventions. He serves as a consultant for many related companies. SML has been featured on the Learning Channel, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and others. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site at www.speedlabs.com for further details. Special thanks are given to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), the New Mexico State Police, the El Paso Police Department, and the El Paso ISD Police for their participation and assistance in conducting the field comparison.