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Speed Trap Ahead » Radar Gun

Landon Wilburn, 11 years old, Clocks Speeders In Louisville, Kentucky

Landon Wilburn, 11, has a future as a cop – a traffic cop.

Landon Wilburn

The youngster, who used to shout at speeders to slow down as they drove through the Stone Lakes subdivision in Louisville, now has taken matters into his own hands.

Dressed in a reflective vest, wearing a bicycle helmet and armed with an orange Hot Wheels brand radar gun, he points and records the actual speed of passing traffic.

Landon also carries a flashlight with a built-in siren.

“When I saw it happening, I got the biggest kick out of it,” said resident George Ayers, 61. “People were locking up their brakes when they saw him.”

Many in the subdivision are frustrated that motorists tear through the neighborhood at 55 mph despite signs posting a 25 mph limit.

Officials said the city will install speed humps in the neighborhood if 70 percent of residents agree and are willing to put up half the money.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

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Safety should be top factor when considering radar for Sheriff’s

Mississippi State FlagAn effort to allow sheriffs to use radar on roads their departments patrol has again surfaced during the 2008 Mississippi Legislature. The measure has passed the Senate and is awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.

Amid fears of speed traps and other concerns, radar bills have failed in many prior legislative sessions. And the issue among the public still appears as contentious as ever.

A recent unscientific online poll found respondents almost evenly divided on the issue. Just a few votes over 50 percent thought sheriffs should be allowed to use the speed enforcement devices.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing, speaking to the Lions Club last week, said radar would be a useful tool for his department. He said radar would not be used to set up speed traps or focus on ticket writing, but he did see where it could help in some places where speeding is a concern for residents.

Speaking on integrity concerns, Rushing pointed out that voters have entrusted sheriffs with a gun and a badge to enforce the laws of the county and state.

But given the failure of radar bills, that trust apparently doesn’t extend to the issue of radar.

We suspect many lawmakers and citizens who oppose radar have no doubt their sheriffs would use the devices responsibly. Their concerns, though, seem to be with those other sheriffs who would use radar as a revenue generator.

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Small, Palm-sized Laser “Radar Gun”

Think these are binoculars? Look again – it’s actually a speed gun.

Palm sized laserDrivers beware! While this device is the smallest speed trap in the world, it certainly packs a mighty punch. Thanks to clever technology, it can pinpoint speeders on busy motorways, or even in bad weather. Called the SpeedLaserB, it fits snugly in the palm and is designed to be no harder to use than a pair of binoculars.

Developed in the US, the compact piece of kit can register speeds of up to 200mph and takes three-tenths of a second to calculate how fast a car is travelling. It uses laser technology to pinpoint specific vehicles on a busy road.

The speed is then flashed up on an LCD head-up display. Obstruction mode allows the lasers to function in heavy rain, fog and snow, or even through the windows of a patrol car.