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Kent Police Suspend Speed Gun Patrols

October 10, 2007 by in category News, Speeding with 0 and 0

Police are reviewing their use of laser speed guns in south Kent after a court case where it was found an officer had failed to set up the device properly.

The gadgets have been out of service while the countys force ensures they are operated correctly.

Police chiefs have ordered there should be no more fixed penalties or summonses issued from using laser guns while the review takes place.

But drivers are warned static and mobile cameras will still be used.

“Reopening historical cases would undoubtedly involve a struggle” said Jeanette Miller, Association of Motor Offence Lawyers

Sgt Lynne Castle said: “It was identified through a court case that the set-up procedure [used] for the device in question was incorrect, not the accuracy of the device.

“The speed, distance and alignment checks the manufacturer requires prior to use weren’t carried out correctly by an officer, therefore the device shouldn’t have been used.”

A force statement said: “Kent Police continues to enforce the law and will deal with anyone found to be breaking the speed limit”.

The review is expected to be completed in about a week’s time.

Sgt Castle admitted that some motorists may feel they could now challenge previous speeding fines.

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