There is more machinery behind a speeding ticket than meets the eye. When you are issued a speeding ticket, be sure to find out how the ticket-issuing officer determined your speed. Aircraft, laser, VASCAR, pacing, and radar are all methods of detecting speed on the roads. When you are issued a ticket, ask the officer how he or she detected you. If they are withholding, it is within your rights to ask to see their notes. Fighting a radar ticket and a laser ticket require unique approaches, so find out early what you are dealing with.
The most common types of speed detection methods are laser and radar. Radar guns are ubiquitous on highways nationwide. Knowing the ins and outs of a radar ticket can be helpful for a number of drivers.
How Does Radar Work?
The word radar stands for “radio detection and ranging.” To determine the speed of a moving object i.e. a car, a radar gun emits radio waves that bounce off of it. To correctly clock your radar, you must be in the line of sight of the officer holding the gun. Radar cannot detect the speed of a car from around a bend or curve in the road. Do not expect to see the radar gun, as it can often be cleverly hidden behind a bush or nearby parked car.
How Can Radar Fail?
If you receive a radar ticket, it may be entirely inaccurate due to a number of factors. These include:
• Multiple targets
Radar beams spread out the farther they have to reach, so if there are a lot of cars around you, and you are ticketed with radar, the officer may be reading the speed of a nearby driver, not you.
On windy days, radar guns can detect dust or tree leaves, which can throw off vehicle speed readings. Rain can also affect radar accuracy.
If you receive a radar ticket and believe the speed reading is inaccurate, contact our traffic ticket attorney, who can help you explore your options for reducing or eliminating the ticket.