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Gwinnett Police Lose Radar Certification As Result Of Government Disagreement

Gwinnett Police Lose Radar Certification As Result Of Government Disagreement

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Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

January 04, 2011

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police in Gwinnett County won’t be using laser guns to catch speeders on the roads—at least for now. The change came January 1 because of a disagreement among several government agencies.

Officers say they’re making adjustments to the way they do their jobs. Radar and lasers are now no longer an option for police in Gwinnett County, Norcross, Lilburn, Lawrenceville and other cities within the county.

Certification for the devices was pulled by the state after county and city leaders failed to agree on a mandated, once-every-10-years agreement on service.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter told FOX 5 radars and lasers are just another tool for officers. He said they’re working around it.

Some motorists told FOX 5 they think some people will try to take advantage of the change, and that could make things more dangerous on county roads.

Cpl. Ritter says one option officers may look to for catching drivers who exceed the speed limit is to use unmarked cars to case vehicles on the road. That way, police could track speeds of drivers around them, and they could do the same by using a helicopter from above.

According to Cpl. Ritter, if you see a police car doing the speed limit on the roads around you, you should do the same.

There’s no word on how long the ban on radars and lasers will last. The case is currently in the court system and until that’s resolved, police will have to use other methods.

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