Police using new laser to detect tailgating - FOX 13 News

Police using new laser to detect tailgating

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

If you are a tailgater, watch out. A number of cities are now using a new laser gun to catch you. Lakeland officially unveiled its laser on Wednesday. The gun determines your speed and the distance your car is from the car in front of it.

Before this, cops had to guesstimate if you were tailgating.

Right now, Lakeland is handing out warnings, but in two weeks, officers will be citing drivers. A citation will cost $164.

Police say the new laser will hopefully decrease rear-end crashes. A spokesman for the department says about half the rear-end crashes in the city involve tailgating.

So how do you know if you are tailgating?  Don't assume, police say. There is an easy and accurate way to figure it out: pick a landmark, and when the car in front of you moves past it, start counting. Stop when you pass it. If it's fewer than three seconds, you're following too closely.

Lakeland isn't the only place using the laser guns; Tampa and Hillsborough County have them as well. The Florida Highway Patrol will get them soon too.

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