State Police to aim laser at holiday speeders

November 19, 1990

If you're a turkey of a driver, you'd better be careful on Thanksgiving: The Maryland State Police may pluck you from the road.

Throughout the weekend, State Police will be experimenting with a laser speed gun as they enforce the 55-mph speed limit on Maryland's interstate highways.

The gun emits an infrared laser beam that targets vehicles surpassing the speed limit.

"The laser speed gun offers the law-enforcement community state-of-the-art technology designed to enhance safety on our highways," said Col. Elmer H. Tippett, State Police superintendent.

Maryland is one of several states considering using laser equipment to supplement more conventional speed-enforcement equipment, including radar, said State Police officials.

The use of the gun is part of an aggressive speed enforcement program, called "Clicket and Ticket," that began last March. State Police officials said the program has resulted in a 30 percent increase in the number of citations being issued to speeders during the first six months of this year, compared with the same period in 1989.

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