Police departments across the nation are loaning residents radar guns and turning them into neighborhood speed watchers, says USA Today. Volunteers can’t ticket the drivers they catch breaking the speed limit, but their reports can result in warning letters being sent by police. Police say the program is worth it if it can make even a few motorists obey speed limits.
Residents in Loveland, Ohio, are invited to sign up in teams to use the Stalker II, a handheld, battery-operated radar gun. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, residents affiliated with homeowners associations use the radar guns. “Some people seemed surprised. Some took notice and slowed down,” says Bob Fischer of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation. “Others were angry that we were interfering with their inherent right to get to the train station – or back home – as quickly as possible.”