ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.
Karen, of Winter Park, asked, “Just how and when can police get your speed?"
"I get this asked all the time after I pull someone over," Trooper Steve said. "A lot of drivers don’t realize that a law enforcement officer can get your speed with the proper equipment whether they are sitting stationary, traveling down the road or going the same direction as you."
Simply put, if you're cruising down the road and see a patrol car in front of you, the officer may already know how fast you were driving, Trooper Steve said.
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"The same applies when they are traveling the opposite direction of you," Trooper Steve said. "They are able to get a reading of your vehicle and, in some cases, other vehicles around you."
Trooper Steve said the bottom line is that law enforcement officers have a job to do and the equipment to do it.
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