Officer Robert Barrett of the Columbus, Ohio, Division of Police decided to test a new speed enforcement LIDAR, called TruCAM, which captures speeders on digital video. Officer Barrett was convinced that the device was a surefire way to bring speeding cases to court and make them stick. Armed with his own testing and evaluation, with the assistance of the Columbus, Ohio, City Attorney’s office, and a local expert witness, Officer Barrett supplied a case to the court system in his jurisdiction to get the court's approval of the device for use by officers within the county. After hearing and viewing the evidence provided by LTI's 20-20 TruCAM, Judge Anne Taylor of the Franklin County, Ohio, Municipal Court ruled this new speed enforcement tool is scientifically reliable and accurate, and that the TruCAM can be used by law enforcement officers to measure vehicle speed within Franklin County. The judge's ruling is the first of its kind in the USA for the TruCAM. "The video from the TruCAM gives you one more piece of evidence that (as a traffic enforcement officer) you clocked the right car for speeding,” Officer Barrett said. "There's really no defense to it."
The Laser Technology LTI 20-20 TruCAM significantly takes speed enforcement technology to a higher level with a built-in and integrated video camera. Therefore, not only is excessive speed clocked and stamped by TruCAM, but it can record a complete chain of video evidence, creating a high resolution image that identifies vehicle make and model, license plate number and even some facial characteristics of the driver. Now the TruCAM’s results (digital video evidence of a targeted driver caught speeding) potentially could be admissible in any court within Ohio's 88 counties, and nationwide, if judges rule favorably. If this occurs, evidence produced by TruCAM is anticipated to be undeniable by defendants. In one instance, he recalls writing a speeding ticket for a man riding a motorcycle in heavy traffic in downtown Columbus, Ohio. In this area, two major freeways join together, so there is a constant bottleneck causing traffic snarls. Since motorcycles can accelerate much faster than cars, you might think difficult or impossible to clock a speeding motorcyclist, but not with the TruCAM. Officer Barrett easily caught the speeder on video thanks to TruCAM. "If you look at the video you wouldn't know there's a motorcycle there until you slow down the video," he said. "The cyclist was going 15 miles over the speed limit in rush hour traffic." Case closed. It is important to remember that the TruCAM is a tool to aid an experienced traffic officer in enforcing speed limits. "Officers still have to do a visual estimation before doing a speed clock (with TruCAM)," said Officer Barrett. "Which means you have to look at the traffic and everything around it, and based upon your training and experience, estimate how many miles over the speed limit someone is going."
What makes the TruCAM such a valuable tool is that not only does the user get a video recording of the area in which a vehicle is speeding, as well as traffic and overall conditions, but it pinpoints the time on the video where the clock (of speeding) actually occurred. Officer Barrett is well aware that speeding tickets can have a huge impact on offenders. After all, tickets can trigger increased insurance premiums, affecting their driver's record, and put a major dent in the offender's finances. Nevertheless, he argues that he and other officers conduct unbiased traffic enforcement and their main goal is to keep the highways safe. "Most traffic crashes are caused by individuals driving at excessive speeds, causing thousands of deaths and costing billions of dollars each year," Officer Barrett noted. "The TruCAM is a valuable tool to help reinforce our goal." To learn more about the TruCAM and the positive impact it will have on slowing people down, check out: http://www.lasertech.com/TruCAM-Laser-Speed-Gun.aspx.