It is estimated that close to 112,000 people receive a speeding ticket
every day, many from the information provided through a radar gun. This
piece of law enforcement equipment is used to issue most speeding tickets
in California, yet like any electronic device, it can fail or make errors.
If you are pulled over for speeding in Kern County, the inaccuracy of
radar guns could help you fight your ticket and keep it off your record.
How Police Radar Guns Work
Radio waves emitted from police radar guns at moving targets are the basis
of calculating speed. Using a set frequency, the waves detect a difference
in the movement speed of the target, called a Doppler shift. This change
in frequency is calculated into speed through the computerized system.
Not all radar guns are the same or are used in the same manner. Different
guns use various frequencies and stationary guns perform differently than
moving radar. If the equipment is not calibrated or maintained as needed,
it can give incorrect information. Also, operator error from the police
officer can cause false readings that are used to issue speeding tickets.
Fighting a Radar Speeding Ticket
According to a study performed by
Statistic Brain in 2016, of the 41 million speeding tickets issued each year, only about
5% are contested. Many people are content to pay their ticket and live
with the consequences. However, if a radar gun was used, a good traffic
lawyer will investigate the circumstances to uncover whether the radar
gun or police officer may have made a mistake.
To help your case, there are a few things you can do when you are pulled
over for a speeding ticket. First, take note of everything around you
– the weather, traffic flow, signs, etc. Secondly, if the officer
indicates he used radar, look on your citation to see if the type and
model of gun is listed. If not, ask the officer to provide this information,
but do so politely. Many people get in trouble because they challenge
the officers authority by asking to see the radar or lidar. Sometimes
this makes the case more difficult to fight. All these details can help
your lawyer fight your speeding ticket, especially if it is possible that
the radar gun did not work properly or was not used in the correct manner.
Bakersfield Traffic Lawyers
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to helping
you fight speeding and traffic tickets using everything in our arsenal.
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