Saturday, April 08, 2006

MPH Industries now only "recommends" not using POP mode RADAR for issuing tickets


I recently noticed MPH industries' website was updated (actually the update occured a while ago, but hey, the Net is a big place):

"MPH recommends that the officer obtain a tracking history of a speed violator by operating the radar in normal transmit mode after determining with POP mode that the vehicle is speeding. This is because most radar case law is based on tracing a vehicle in normal radar operation. The information obtained in POP mode is accurate and reliable, but may not be supported by case law in court. "

What's interesting is what isn't included on that page any longer:

"For this reason, MPH does not allow the information derived in POP mode to be locked into the unit. By not allowing the speed measured in POP mode to be locked in, the evidential nature of locked target speeds is preserved and radars with POP mode can take advantage of the existing radar case law. The POP mode signal does not provide the evidence being used to uphold the officer's visual evidence, speeds determined by traditional radar methods do."

That paragraph was excised from that page.

This is an interesting development, I believe, as the manufacturer originally indicated that POP RADAR was not designed specifically for issuing tickets. The above paragraph leaves the door open for legal precedent to possibly allow such action. Notice the words "may not be supported."

Does this really mean anything substantive. I am not sure, but, I can't help but think: "give 'em an inch and they'll take a..." Maybe
Mr. Valentine was on to something afterall...even though he relented and did provide superior POP detection is his class-leading radar detector, valentine 1.

At any rate, at least most top radar detectors are able to sniff out POP now - the Valentine 1 being the most adept. If only they would come up with reliably detecting 16ms POP that is four times quicker than their "conventional" already blistering 67ms POP RADAR.

For my money, police laser remains the threat with which to be most concerned - especially with the sub-$2000 price-barrier recently being broken by Kustom Signal with their binocular-styled police LIDAR guns.

Veil Guy
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