Police officers use a variety of different methods to detect the speed of drivers on New Jersey roads. Some of these methods are very familiar to drivers, while others are relatively unknown. And while they can be accurate, they are often prone to mistakes, meaning that you might end up with a speeding ticket that you don’t deserve. It is important to know the different kinds of speed detection so that when you go to court, you can show the judge that the validity of your speeding ticket is questionable.

Radar is by far the most common kind of speed detection used by police. Officers usually use a radar gun, which they point at cars passing by, to determine speed. The radar can run at a few different wavelengths, but they all detect speed based on the sound waves bouncing off passing cars. The reason that radar is sometimes inaccurate is because it is not highly accurate at detecting the speed of one individual car. Radar can sometimes simultaneously detect other cars on the road or other moving objects nearby, which can lead to skewed speed readings.

Laser is another method that police officers use to detect speed. It is much more accurate than radar at latching onto a particular car and detecting its unique speed because lasers are highly focused beams of light that can be easily aimed. However, they require a very steady aim by the police officer, so if the officer’s hand shakes at all, it could lead to inaccurate readings.

A final common method of speed detection used by police officers is a very old fashioned method called pacing. Pacing involves a police officer following another car at a fixed distance behind the other car to match their speed and see how fast they are going. This, of course, can be highly inaccurate because maintaining a fixed distance is very difficult, making it easier for a police officer to claim you were speeding simply by going a bit faster behind you. A variation on pacing is watching how long it takes for a car to pass between two fixed points to calculate its speed. Again, this is subject to inaccuracies if you do not record a precise time.

Most methods of speed detection are subject to error, which could result in you getting an unfair speeding ticket in New Jersey. Working with your New Jersey speeding ticket lawyer can help you develop a defense to your speeding ticket based on the likely inaccuracies of the method of speed detection used by the police officer who wrote your ticket.

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