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Police Ticket Techology – Lasers and Radars

Why and how is police radar able to pick up my driving speed?
Across the United States and truly the entire world, radar is the number one tool used by law enforcement to gage the speed at which drivers are operating their vehicles. Similarly, radar results are the basis for law enforcement’s mode of enforcing the speed limits via citations, and thus it also sets the stage for the fines that are employed as a result of the citations.

While it is true that the Internet offers copious sites which promise to you sell a radar detector or gadget that is supposed to jam the radar of the police, the truth of the matter simply states that in addition to usually not working, many of these devices are also illegal. Keeping in mind that the police will set up their operation from an area where they will not be easily visible, it may actually be dangerous to suddenly slam on the breaks in an effort to avoid being clocked as going too fast.
Radar is able to pick up your speed simply by a machine sending out a radio wave signal and then waiting for it to be reflected back to the machine. When the signal comes in contact with your moving car, the radar frequency will suddenly change in keeping with the speed your car is traveling at the time that the radar made contact. Thus, radar is an uncannily accurate way of measuring driving speeds.

Another way that radar may operate is with the use of laser light. Dedicated police frequencies at which the radar technology operates are the X band, which denotes 11 GHz, the K band, which stands for 24 GHz, and the Ka band, the range of which is 32 to 36 GHz.

Does laser work differently than radar?
The abbreviation for the laser units are LIDAR, which simply stands for light detection and ranging. It does indeed work quite differently than radar, especially in the fact that the use of laser light enables a frequency of about 900 nm, and as such allows law enforcement to measure your speed more than once in a couple of seconds. As the distance of your car in relationship to the laser machine changes, highly accurate readings are being transmitted to the police.

Furthermore, since the laser beam is far less scattered than the radar frequency, and since the beam can lock onto the target immediately – usually to the license plate - and the accuracy can rarely be disputed.
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