Sunday, December 8, 2013

Use of Radar From Opposite Lane

Many drivers are in disbelief when they are pulled over by the New York State Trooper for speeding.  They are even more in disbelief when the officer cites them for speeding while traveling in the opposite direction.

A number of clients don't believe that the State Police have the technological capability to get a radar reading from across a road.  Sadly, they do.

The Radar device of choice for the NYS Police is the Stalker Dual model.  When a Trooper engages their radar for a driver moving in the opposite direction of traffic, it is called the Opposite Lane Moving Mode.  In this mode, there are two signals used to process the driver’s speed.

The first signal is called the patrol speed.  It measures radar signals from stationary objects.  The second signal is called the closing speed.  Its measures the radar signal in relation to the approaching vehicle in the opposite lane.  The machine makes a mathematical calculation based upon both pieces of data to establish the driver’s speed.

Based on the manufacture's design and legal acceptance of the radar device by most judges, it is unlikely that a challenge to the reading will be successful at trial.  Furthermore, even if the weight of the evidence is given minimal credence, most officers will verify speed using the secondary measure of visual estimation.

The use of both the radar and visual estimation is a powerful tool in the prosecutor's arsenal.

All is not lost.  If you would like to fight your speeding ticket, we can help.  In most cases, we can reduce our client's exposure to fines, penalties, and points on their license.  Give us a call today to schedule your confidential consultation.