Radar gun data has collected proof that New Jersey drivers have been going over the speed limit. A study, conducted by NJ.com, used a high-quality radar gun to monitor highways across the state. The study proved that out of 350 drivers, only 26 were obeying the speed limit. Some drivers were clocked going 20 miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit.
Seven major highways were clocked. The observers checked the speeds of cars, buses, and trucks on seven major highways in New Jersey, including the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Atlantic City Expressway, Interstate 287, Interstate 295, Route 1, and Route 55. The results did not bode well for New Jersey drivers.
The Radar Gun and How it Works
Radar is an acronym used for radio detection and ranging. The radar gun is a device used to calculate speed and is used by baseball scouts and TV networks to determine how fast a pitch is thrown. It is also used by police officers to determine the speed of cars, trucks, and buses. The radar gun is pointed at a moving target. It then sends out pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the target and sent back to the gun. The built-in computer in the radar gun converts the electromagnetic waves into speeds, which are measured in miles per hour.
Many motorists argue whether radar guns are accurate. Often, these drivers try to fight a speeding ticket, questioning the accuracy of the radar gun used to clock their speed. Experts report that radar guns are extremely accurate. To be deemed accurate, the guns must be properly calibrated and aimed as straight as possible at the vehicle being clocked. If the radar gun is not correctly pointed at the moving target, even if it is at a slight angle, a low or incorrect reading can occur.
How Does Your Town Measure Up?
The study proved that New Jersey drivers are going over the speed limit on most major highways. The radar guns used were extremely accurate and solidified the data found. There are roads where drivers are driving at excess speeds that have not been studied. If you are concerned that there are drivers who are going over the speed limit on roads near you, you may want to contact your township. The township can post a sign reminding drivers of the speed limit in the area. Better yet, a police officer could be stationed with a radar gun at the spot in question. Signs posted are sometimes used as a deterrent for speeders, but a stationed police officer or a stationary radar device is the best bet to stop these drivers who are putting themselves and others in danger.
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