I am a new 9500ix user in California. I am learning a lot about radar, lidar and how everything fits together. I am a software engineer with a hardware engineering background, so I feel pretty comfortable about understanding the basics of the technology.
What I don't totally understand is some of the tactical/legal issues...
In this case, what I'm wondering is what is the real role of speed detection equipment when an LEO decides to stop you and potentially give you a citation.
I know there can be a lot of variables depending on driver actions, road conditions, and interaction with the LEO. Please try an eliminate these variables.
What I'm really curious about is what is the difference between getting a citation that is based on the officers' expert opinion and one that is backed up by lidar/radar/etc?
I spent a little time talking with an LEO, and he was telling me that officers are trained to judge speed first and then use a measurement device as a confirmation. Ok, so what happens when the confirmation fails?
Given two identical scenarios, where someone is a 'reasonable' speed over the limit, both drivers are respectful, etc... What is the difference between the two different scenarios (e.g. one with radar confirmation and one without).
I'm *guessing* that there is a higher probability that the ticket will be dismissed. But I don't know, so I thought I'd ask here.