AN ANALYSIS OF THE POTENTIAL LEGAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE USE OF SPEED MEASURING DEVICES

An analysis was made of the potential legal constraints on the use of existing and proposed devices for measuring vehicle speeds. Some of the proposed devices are remote in nature and would operate without a police officer being present. Examination of current law reveals that existing devices, especially radar devices, for the most part face no substantial constraints. However, the use of such devices as VASCAR and stop watches, which are based on time-distance measurements, are prohibited by law in a few states. The use of proposed remote-observation devices is constrained by laws governing speed prosecutions; the chief constraint is that to obtain a conviction, driver must be personally identified and proved responsible.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Defects Investigation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ruschmann, P A
    • Greyson, M
    • JOSCELYN, K B
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326260
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-79-62 Final Rpt., HS-805 524
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-7-01536
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1982 12:00AM