Police radar guns illegal, claims lawyer

30th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — The campaign against speeding motorists appears to have hit a rocky road in the Netherlands, with a lawyer calling for traffic police to be deprived of one of the main weapons in their armoury – the radar-detector detector.

30 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — The campaign against speeding motorists appears to have hit a rocky road in the Netherlands, with a lawyer calling for traffic police to be deprived of one of the main weapons in their armoury – the radar-detector detector.  

Police use this radar gun, or RDD, to pinpoint motorists who have a radar system that alerts them to the presence of a concealed speed camera monitoring the road in front of them.

The Netherlands introduced a ban on radar detectors at the beginning of the year. 

But Leeuwarden lawyer Hans Anker told newspaper De Telegraaf Thursday that new research had revealed the police radar guns are "illegal".

Anker based his claim on a study by D.A.R.E!! Consultancy, which indicates the RDDs do not comply with European guidelines for equipment that use radio waves.

The lawyer called on the Dutch food and consumer safety authority VWA to stop the police using RDDs.

Anker is now investigating if motorists whose radar detectors were confiscated by police, who in turn were using an RDD, can claim compensation.

Losing the RDD radar gun would be a major blow for the anti-speeding campaign. The police announced to great fanfare last year that 26 radar guns, costing EUR 1,800 each, had been purchased as part of the war on so-called "speed devils".

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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