Re: VASCAR: Is it contestable?
Subject: Re: VASCAR: Is it contestable?
From: "NMA [Bob M]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 8 Nov 1995 22:35:59 GMT
Organization: National Motorists Association
VASCAR is an overrated stopwatch that's easy to fudge the outcome in an
undetectable way. How? The operator starts the timer after you cross
one timing mark, and stops it before you cross the other. (In some
states such as California, marking the road at predetermined intervals
constitutes a speed trap, which is illegal!)
Say he's entered teh distance (between markers) into the computer as 500
feet. If he starts the timer late and stops it early, the resulting
speed readout will be erroneous because the timed distance did not equal
the measured distance. THe computer, however, won't know. (GIGO=garbage
in, garbage out)
If VASCAR was used properly it would be deadly, since it can be used
while the cop is moving with or against traffic, while he's sitting, etc.
I know one attorney in PA who, when he was a prosector, stopped doing
VASCAR cases because it was so inaccurate.
NMA keeps a list of attorneys (he's on it) and rents a legal resource kit
that contains info on VASCAR, operator's manual, etc. However, both are
available only to members. Stop by the web page for more info.
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