Statement of Transition-We’ve been teaching NHTSA compliant instruction on Operator and Instruction Certification for the use of police radar and laser guns at law enforcement agencies for more than ten years. Click on an example flyer provided to prospective students and departments. Sponsoring agencies get one no charge enrollment if ten students sign up for the course and two no charge slots if the number is twenty. We will not exceed twenty students. Previously, we reported every thee months on our activities which is extensive. We will update this site on an as needed basis. Operator training consumes one day from 8-5 at a cost of $150.00 per student with a minimum of five students. Uniforms please.


Summer-Fall 2014


We began April teaching at the request of the Battleground Washington Police Agency in Battleground, WA. The
Instructor Certification Course was taught to some fourteen different departments including the
Unites States Navy and Canada. The classroom instruction was twenty-four hours. Key to our instruction and nation-wide court decisions, was the students ability to establish a Valid Visual Tracking History. Each student was required to estimate the speeds of fifty (50) vehicles +/- 5 mph and fifty (50) distances +/- 50 feet. Their were required to write down their estimations. Probable Cause for any traffic stop must first be based on a Valid Visual Tracking History followed by confirmation of speed by a radar or laser gun.


Each student was required to make a ten (10) minute presentation to the class of topics covered during the instruction. NHTSA and IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) recommend students be re-certified every three (3) years or consistent to their departmental, written policy of re-certification of officers and equipment. Federal law enforcement agencies are required to follow NHTSA/IACP guidelines.  A total score was tabulated on each student with a 90% passing of 360 points composed of field activities, class participation, a ten (10) minute presentation graded by other members of the class, and a written post-instruction test with 100 questions administered to all students. All student passed and the TOP GUN AWARD was presented to Officer Todd Young as the student with the score of 399.92, top student in the class.


Field activities were hindered by consistent rain which is typical for this part of the country. With diligence, all of the officers completed the required field activities.




SML Test Temperature Of Radar Guns-During June of 2014 SML tested the maximum temperature of police radar guns. In the picture you can see the Stalker 2X with a temperature of 125˙ F with a
hand held temperature gauge. The 2X is unique with its front and rear antenna and it’s distinctive display showing the speeds of vehicles in all four directions. The fast lock feature of the display as the fastest of opposite lane approaching locked at 55 mph and the rear same lane locked at 47 mph. The 2X also features Rear Traffic Alert which warns the driver of potential accidents. The 2X remote display is waterproof, not water-resistant, as well as the operation remote. The 2X features a stop watch mode with allows jurisdictions limiting the use of radar to function as a VASCAR (Vehicle Average Speed Computer And Recorder) device with time from point to point.



The Most Important Police Radar And Laser Court Questions-This eight page document contains the most commonly asked sixteen questions of officers while on the witness stand. It gives quoted trial
cases to answer the questions. Depress the PayPal© button to make your officers the experts for only $30.00 which includes taxes and shipping and handling. SML has appeared in some fifty trials around the country for the prosecution only. Many times defense attorneys call SML desiring to have SML appear as a court recognized expert witness. Some wave considerable cash in front of SML. SML will not testify for the defense.












SML Published-The summer 2014 issue of The Police Journal published nationally SML’s research article Evidence of Speeding. The article looks at the history of using dash-cam video systems tied to
radar guns by many police agencies to produce evidence of speeding for the courts. Little, if any, court objections are found to this practice. The web sites of radar gun makers publish the availability of such interfaces.


In the picture to the left was taken from a state police vehicle in 2003 showing such an interface with the Decatur Electronics radar gun interfaced to a MPH video system.
  The target vehicle, an old Astro van, was traveling at 85 mph and the patrol vehicle with the system was at 62 mph. Now, current laser guns introduced recently at the IACP Annual Convention show the same with the Chevrolet HHR traveling at a speed of 42 mph in a 30 mph speed zone. Still images are taken with the laser gun the Kustom Signals, Inc.® LaserCam 4, www.kustomsignals.com, of
the offending vehicle. Like the Laser Technology Inc., TruCam® a tracking history of the suspect vehicle may be transferred to video by the laser guns. LTI’s TruCam, www.lasertech.com, imaged the suspect target vehicle at 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. The TruCam is also capable of producing video documentation which is easily downloaded from the laser gun. The Kustom Signals, Inc LaserCam 4 has a commercially available SD card to image the suspect target vehicle with provisions made for protection of the evidence.


Also shown at the most recent IACP, International Association of Chiefs of Police, convention held in Philadelphia, was the ingenious  LTI introduction of a modification of the Smart Phone which by itself is capable of taking video and individual pictures called LaserSoft®. I see no difference between manually connecting radar with dash-cam video systems, which has been for decades, and the development of laser guns that manually take pictures. Such a system is fairer to the driving public and the officer involved. The courts and attorney generals of states are not current with the technological developments in the police speed enforcement industry. The Ohio court case of Cleveland v. Tisdale said it best in its summary that came from the Court of Appeals, Eighth District, Cuyahoga, Ohio, May 2008. It said, “However, it now appears that Ohio courts may have fallen behind in the technological advancements in the industry. The time again has come for Ohio courts to review requirements to prove a case of speeding based on the reading of the speed measuring device. It has been 50 years since the Ohio Supreme Court last addressed the issue.” Chances are that if you get a speeding ticket your judge has not operated nor seen a police radar or laser gun.


SML Testifies For Several Courts-SML was and has
been called to testify as a court recognized expert witness for the prosecution by several courts. SML testified for the Jefferson County Municipal Court, Wisconsin in a speeding trial involving a laser gun. SML consulted with the Marysville, OH prosecutor in another another speeding case involving the use of a laser gun. Recently, SML received a Subpoena to appear in a municipal court in Virginia that involves a moving radar gun. SML has testified in some fifty trials nationally and charges the manufacturer or the court in preparation and testimony fee. Contact SMLs at 817/291-2396 or e mail at speed@speedinglimits.com for prices and to reserve time for testimony.


SML Teaches At Clifton, AZ-During the summer of 2014 SML taught the standard, NHTSA Compliant Radar Operator course to the traffic division of the Clifton, AZ police department. Getting word of SML’s appearance the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Department sent officers to be trained. Field exercise were key to the training having students
estimate the speeds and distances of fifty vehicles in each category. The courts have continually said nationally the probable cause for making any traffic stop is the Valid Visual Tracking History (VVTH) of the officer. There
are several steps to the VVTH which were reviewed by the instructor including the suspect vehicle was over the posted speed limit, listening to the Doppler audio of the radar gun, checking the patrol speed of the as reported by the speedometer compared to that of the radar gun. NHTSA only recommends training programs to states and individual police departments. SML has contacted all fifty state police academies and has a list of what is taught at them. Many departments use the recommended requirements of the state police academy as individual departments should have a written statement of use of radar and radar gun of that department including officer and equipment recertification.


SML Attends ETATS Committee Of The IACP-June 2014 saw SML attend the semi-annual meeting of the Electronic Technology Advisory Technical Sub-Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police attended by representatives of NHTSA in Branson, MO. This is the committee responsible for police radar and laser gun specifications and oversight of the CPL (Conforming Product List) of NHTSA/IACP published periodically during the year. SML has been an associate member of this committee for several years. The decisions of the Committee are not shared with the general public.


SML Teaches At The East Texas Police Academy-During the period SML taught the standard NHTSA police radar and laser gun Instructor Course at the facility located at Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX. Some fourteen different departments attended the instruction. SML was assisted by SML staff member Craig Pittman during the instruction.
A female officer used the ProLaser III from Kustom Signals Inc. to show the students how efficient the system is in computing an 85th percentile study while other student did it manually.


Students were required to establish a valid visual tracking history recording the estimates of fifty vehicle speeds and distances. The passing
score was +/- 5 mph and +/-50 feet. As part of the curriculum, each student was required to give a ten minute presentation on the topic covered in the class. This presentation was graded by other class members. A total passing score of 360 points was necessary to have students attain 90% of the potential 400 points. This final score was tabulated involving four categories being: post-instruction testing, class participation, ten minute presentation, and field activities.  The Instructor class requires 24 hours of classroom instruction. Strong emphasis was made of the necessity of a written, publicly available statement of use of police radar and laser guns including recertification of officers and equipment. Several samples of written policies were made available to students. The courts are increasingly requiring such documentation.
One of the participating Chiefs of Police
gave his ten minute classroom presentation on the necessity of such a written document. Pictured to the left is the presentation of one of the officers giving his ten minute presentation on the set up procedures required of the radar on the motor he used. A Top Gun Award was given to the top student in the class as part of the graduation ceremonies. This Top Gun Award is given to the top student in the class as determined with the highest final score. Blake Lockhart of the Tyler P
olice Department was the top student in the class with a final score of 397.105 followed closely by Carolyn Wink of the Kilgore Police Department with a final score of 397.053. She is pictured in the car with the Kustom Signals ProLaser III laser gun. She is using the LaserStat program of Kustom Signals Inc. tied to a laptop computer. A big thank you is given to the East Texas Council of Governments and the East Texas Law Enforcement Academy for their efforts in sponsoring the event.




Officer And Radar/Laser Gun Recertification-Much has been made of this topic. If your department doesn’t have a written statement, and chances you don’t or it is not current, find out what the state police are doing in your state for officer certification and equipment re-certification. It will only take a phone call! Copy what they are
doing with officers and equipment. Courts, the media, and defense attorney’s will accept this. Make sure the equipment re-certification company you are using with can certify to radar and laser gun to the Federal/NHTSA and IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) standards of performance known as DOT HS 809 812(radar) and DOT HS 809 811(laser). Proper re-certification requires a large, and I mean large, investment in equipment and personnel. Choose a re-certification company that has a Federal Communications Commission, FCC, licensed technician. These are the specification of performance and standards do exists. There is an approved listing of current production models and those no longer in production. This list is published by the IACP/NHTSA and called the CPL list. It can be accessed by contacting the IACP at www.theiacp.org. The Key word under search words is CPL. Federal agencies follow NHTSA recommendations of having officers and equipment re-certified every three years. Make sure you contact your state police!


Call us with questions or comments at Speed Measurement Laboratories Inc., 817/291-2396, speed@speedinglimits.com. See our other web sites of www.adoptaschoolzone.com and www.speedinglimits.com.