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Agencies punished for violations involving speed detection devices

Seven agencies in seven years have had permits to operate speed detection devices revoked or suspended, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

None are located in Middle Georgia, and none were in violation of the state’s so-called speed trap law based on revenue calculations.

Here’s a glance at those agencies and their violations:

McDonough Police Department: Permit suspended March 31, 2014, for the remainder of the calendar year for operation of speed detection devices on unauthorized roadways. Deficiencies were corrected, and the agency was reinstated for a new permit application August 1, 2014.

Jacksonville Police Department: Permit revoked Feb. 27, 2014, for one year. The chief and one part-time officer were operating speed detection devices without a permit. The chief was not radar certified.

Danielsville Police Department: Permit suspended for 60 days on July 3, 2013, for failure to conduct accuracy checks of speed detection devices and for operating such devices on an unauthorized roadway. The agency was reinstated after in-house training.

Crawfordville Police Department: Permit suspended for 90 days on Nov. 16, 2012, for failure to conduct accuracy checks and failure to maintain a radar log.

Stone Mountain Police Department: Permit suspended for one year on Nov. 16, 2012, for operating speed detection devices without annual calibration certification.

Leslie Police Department: Permit suspended on Nov. 3, 2008, for no 24-hour coverage/part-time officers operating speed detection devices.*

Milner Police Department: Permit suspended on May 7, 2007, for no 24-hour coverage/part-time officers operating speed detection devices.*

* For a department to be eligible for a speed detection device permit, state law requires that the department must provide 24-hour law enforcement services, on-duty or on-call, or have a full-time officer to operate the device.

Source: Georgia Department of Public Safety

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