Bakersfield police received $415,000 to keep an eye on DUI offenders deemed
to be “the worst of the worst.” What tools do officers have
to nab everyday speeders?
According to Sgt. Gary Carruesco, the Bakersfield Police Department was
concerned over the number of fatal and serious injury alcohol-related
collisions. This money, he said, will allow officers to “monitor”
high-risk DUI offenders using “several tactics. . .that I won't
go into.” He did say that officers would stake out area bars and
restaurants to look for persons on the “worst of the worst”
list compiled by the Kern County Probation Department. Officers will also
use the extra money to serve outstanding arrest warrants on DUI offenders and
increase their enforcement activity in other safety-related areas, like distracted driving and stoplight running.
A spokesperson from Mothers Against Drunk Driving says authorities make
about 4,000 DUI arrests a year in Kern County.
Pacing is the oldest anti-speeding technique, because it requires no added
equipment and no additional training. Essentially, officers estimate vehicle
speed based on the speed of their own vehicles. Officers have a lot of
leeway, because some courts even uphold pacing-based speeding tickets
if the officers are sitting still. Because they are so
subjective, pacing tickets are sometimes difficult to defend.
To issue equipment-based tickets, officers use radar or lidar. Radar guns
basically prove that one vehicle in a cluster was speeding, but does not
prove which one.
Lidar, which is a laser gun, does establish which vehicle was speeding, but
these devices are considerably more advanced and therefore harder to operate
and more prone to malfunction.
Unmanned speeding cameras may be the next big thing, but despite calls
for change, these devices are illegal in California.
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