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Closer Look: Push to make Radar & Lasers mandatory for Cops to catch Speeders

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There's a new push to force cops to use radar or lasers to figure out how fast drivers are going.

A couple of weeks ago, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a radar or other electronic device was not necessary to ticket someone for speeding but state legislators disagree.

Some are introducing a bill that would force cops to have hard evidence and drivers agree.

"They need some kind of proof, they can't just guess," said a Cleveland driver.

Other feel that a cop can have a vendetta against a person and pull them over just because they can. "I would like to think that most police officers are honest, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that some might abuse the new power."

Most cops say they are pro's at estimating speed. Many say after a while, the ability comes naturally.

"Sitting on the side of the road, you have to be able to gauge the speed of 10 cars down to 2 miles per hour. You also have to be able to do it in mobile mode," said Sgt. Ken Gillissie of Parma Police.

Most departments already require officers to get a hard reading before they issue a ticket.

They only rely on a visual estimate in extreme cases, like someone going 50mph through a school zone.

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