02/17/2012

Video: Sgt. says citizens to borrow radar guns

Citizens in Eugene can receive training to catch speeders in their neighborhoods

By PoliceOne Staff

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Police will lend out radar guns to citizens to help police nab speeders, Sgt. Lisa Barrong told KMTR Wednesday.

Citizens who are entrusted with the devices must complete a department  training program led by a traffic enforcement officer, Barrong explained, and when they're ready to hit the streets, they will work in pairs, using calibrated guns to ensure accuracy of speeds recorded.

A detailed log of activity is then submitted to police, who say they may see a drop in speeding merely due to the program's preventative nature.

"If [people] see someone standing there pointing a radar gun typically they'll slow their speed down," Barrong said.

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