QUEENSLAND drivers will be a lot safer this Christmas as five Queensland Police Service motorcycles take to the road fitted with mobile radar technology.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating of the Road Policing Command said the use of radars on motorcycles would help bridge the enforcement gap for the Queensland Police Service, particularly at locations where historically it has been difficult for police cars to detect speeds and safely perform maneuvers to intercept.
“While radar technology has been available for many years, it has only recently been modified to be compatible with police motorcycles,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
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“The radar unit is compact and fits easily to the Queensland Police Service motorcycles without the need of modification to existing equipment.
“The technology works in a similar manner to the car mounted systems however motorcycle officers will undergo specialised training to be certified in the use of the new radars.”
The new year will see a further 12 motorcycles across the state be fitted with the technology with the aim of having mobile radar equipped motorcycles in all major regional centres by the end of January 2015.
Results from the radars already in operation have been highly successful with one motorist’s speed recorded at 154 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.
The Queensland Police Service would like to remind motorists to be aware of speed limits and check their speed over the busy holiday period.