A CBC News investigation has uncovered some information that could impact millions of speeding tickets issued over the last decade.
Police forces across the country use the same radar equipment, but they test that equipment in different ways.
Tuning forks are often used, which vibrate when tapped. The frequency created translates into a set speed, which is read by the radar; if the correct speed isn’t reflected, the unit is taken out of service.
However, various police forces have dropped this form of testing, including the OPP (who dropped the test over a decade ago) and the Regina Police Service (dropped it in 2009).
Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories have seen tickets dismissed by a court because there were problems with the tuning-fork method.
Toronto lawyer Dannial Baker is one person who believes that this testing issue translates to “a huge fraud”. He wants the tuning-fork tests in Ontario to resume and an investigation launched.
“I was very surprised when I heard that they had taken it out of the manual because it is a vital test,” radar expert Donald Sawicki told CBC News. “”The tuning fork is the only one that tests the entire system all at once.”
Speed gun technology has improved over the last few years, and many units now come with built-in diagnostic technology. Paul Haines, who is a former remote sensing systems consultant for Canadian peacekeeping forces, believes that such advances should not eliminate the need for external calibration.
Should the OPP hold off on issuing speeding tickets until a full investigation into this issue is conducted, and the tuning fork test is put back into practice? Have you received a speeding ticket, even though you know you weren’t going over the limit?
Read more detail about the CBC News investigation HERE.
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