For some time now, the Basque and Catalan regional police have had these new speed radars, so-called pistol radars, which are among the most fearsome and effective on the national road network.
The name comes from the special shape, modeled after a firearm, which allows a single agent to operate it with one hand, greatly increasing its functionality. They also have various approved mounts that allow them to be mounted on a patrol motorcycle or patrol car.
In Spain, the use by hand could be a ground for appeal, since the Spanish Institute of Metrology requires, for the validity of the fine, the use of fixed and approved holding devices and, in the hand of an agent, the natural vibration of the arm itself. could influence the measurement.
In fact, years ago the DGT had to approve the mounts of its new Velolaser radars because the courts had ruled that the sanctions were invalid because the mounts used by the Civil Guard had not been properly approved, which could affect the measurement.
They have accessories such as a stock that allows them to be used like a shotgun, although currently we have only seen this in the United States, their country of origin and where their use is widespread.
Around 10,000 euros per team
Each device of this type has a price of around 10,000 euros, which is quickly paid off through sanctions. Its trade name is TruCAM and its many features include the ability to optimize day and night. They work up to a distance of 1.5 kilometers, with a margin of error of 2 kilometers per hour, and their only known limitation is that they cannot measure more than 320 kilometers per hour.
In addition to measuring the speed, they take up to three photos of the offender if one of them is invalid. Of course, it allows measurement in any direction and allows different types of vehicles with different speed limits to be distinguished.