No Speeding Ticket Written

I got pulled up for speeding by a mobile radar unit last night but the police officer didn’t write a ticket so I have to wait and see if I receive a summons to appear in court. There was a bend in the road between the mobile radar vehicle and my car when the reading was taken, as a consequence this increases the detected speed. The police officer claimed I was travelling at 119km/hr according to the radar device.

When I was pulled up my first comment was to point out the bend in the road and then to ask the officer if he could explain how the Doplar principle works. In response to my questions he said he would be happy to explain the Doplar principle in court but not here now and that he would have to trace back to see if the bend was between our vehicles when the speed reading was taken.

The reply I received concerns me in many ways, firstly if the officer cannot explain the Doplar principle to me he doesn’t actually understand how the radar unit he operates works and as such he has no concept about how the readings taken by mobile devices can be incorrect. When I told him it was against operational guidlines for mobile radar devices to be used on bends, hills or multi lane roads he had no idea. He claimed that he operated by the law and the manufacturers guidlines for use of the device were not of any consequence.

I asked him a second time if he could explain the Doplar principle to me and he repeated his previous answer and avoided any discussion on the operation of the radar device. Before I departed he said to me that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. I replied back that was definately correct in relation to the use of radar devices by Victorian Police. I added that he would be employed as an engineer instead of being a policeman if he had the aptitude to fully understand radar speed detectors.

It will be interesting to see if a summons to appear in court arrives, I am puzzled why a ticket wasn’t written on the spot. From this instance I can only comment that our mobile radar operators are not trained well enough to perform their duties and a high percentage of speeding tickets penalising motorists are not correct.

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