Bad news for drivers in Norfolk, UK: if you use a laser jamming device to evade hand-held speed guns you may receive a thirty day driving ban.
In a landmark court decision, a 21yo man had his driver's license suspended after he admitted to willfully obstructing a police officer by fitting laser jamming equipment to his Vauxhall Astra. The man was also fined £100 (US$157) and had the offending equipment confiscated by Norfolk Police.
Ten other drivers are waiting for their days in court over similar offences, though the devices are not illegal in Norfolk or anywhere else in the UK (yet). The Plods only became aware of the high-tech devices when they pulled over a Porsche 911 Turbo on the A47 trunk road in March this year.
Sgt Geoff Bowers, one of the road traffic officers spearheading the crackdown on high-tech jammers, had this to say:
"People using laser jamming devices have no regard for speed limits and, therefore, put themselves and other road users in danger."
The devices can be bought off the internet and can cost up to £500 (US$783). Feel free to add your two cents about the matter in the comments.
By Tristan Hankins