Traffic police have new multimedia radar devices with cameras

Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Traasnportes photo Officials say that by incorporating a camera into the radar device, the speeding tickets will not be appealable.

Palmares festival goers will be the first to be subjected to a new radar device that contains a camera.

The Policía de Tránsito is getting 19 of these machines. They include audiovisual components, and officials said this means that motorists will not be able to appeal their speeding ticket.

The Fiestas de Palmares begins today, and traffic police will be out with their new radar devices that replace the traditional ones with the pistol grip. Those who get tickets will also get a photo that is produced by the device showing the speed, time, location and similar data, officials said. The device is connected electronically to a GPS network to determine location.

Some 140 traffic officers will be on the roads connecting Palmares with the rest of the country today. Police also will beef up their operations Sunday where there are concerts and also the days for the horse parade and carnival at the festival.

Traffic officers will have their central control at the Naranjo toll station, and they will be on the job 24 hours a day, officials said. They also will be seeking motorists who violate other laws, including those relating to alcohol and seat belts. There also will be checkpoints in the night where every vehicle will be inspected, they said.

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