Laser Guns Target Tailgaters in Lakeland

Impatient drivers in Lakeland, Fla., should be forewarned. Thanks to a new set of laser guns, the police department now has the technology to nab tailgaters. The guns can calculate the distance between two cars, and if the rear car is too close, the driver can get a $164 ticket.

In 2012, almost 50 percent of car accidents in Lakeland were rear-end crashes, which is more than 20 percent above the national average, according to

“What we’re trying to do is change people’s driving behavior and reduce the number of crashes in the city of Lakeland,” the report quoted police officer David Waterman as saying. “We make a visual estimate of how close they are, and then we use the laser to determine an exact speed.”

The police department gave only warnings – about 300 – in the first month that officers used the new laser guns. But the in last three months of 2012, they wrote almost 150 tickets.

“People don’t like getting tickets and I understand that,” Waterman added. “It’s better to get a ticket before you get in a crash, rather than get in a crash and get a ticket and kind of have that compounded.”

Drivers are strongly encouraged to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of them.

If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by a reckless driver, you could be entitled to compensation. Florida personal injury lawsuits must be filed within a certain timeframe, so you shouldn’t hesitate to discuss your case with experienced legal professionals. The Florida car accident attorneys at Disparti Law Group, P.A., focus on personal injury suits, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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