Traffic Tickets Get A Boost With LAPD's Laser-Accurate Speed-Detection Guns
If you're tired of the LAPD killing fish in a barrel with "ticket traps" and other money-making schemes while motorists make atrocious and dangerous moves in your neighborhood, we have bad news for you.
The department has obtained new laser speed-detection guns that can not only pick you out of a crowd but take a photo of your license plate and shake you upside down to ensure the city gets all your money.
Okay, that last part was a joke. But seriously:
The new LTI 20/20 TruCAM lasers are potent, and the LAPD Valley Traffic Division says they just bought ten of them.
The department says the guns can "record the violation in real time and capture an image of the license plate."
They can also measure your speeding when you're sandwiched between cars up to 1,000 feet away.
But here's the most humiliating part:
Cops can "accumulate" that data -- imagery, your clocked speed -- and play it back to you at the scene of the alleged crime. Yep.
Just to rub it in, the LAPD will be demonstrating the guns to the media Thursday morning in Van Nuys. This reporter will be nowhere near it.
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