The California Highway Patrol is always on the lookout for speeders, and the city of Sacramento and its nearby environs are no exception. A new report fills readers in on the methods officers use and the areas that they frequent most often when on the lookout for speeders.
There are a variety of ways that the CHP can clock a car going faster than is allowed by law. One method involves the officer simply following the car while maintaining a similar speed, thus making it easy to tell how fast the vehicle is going. But a more high-tech method involves utilizing a tool known as a LIDAR. This device, which sends out a laser beam toward traveling automobiles, can pinpoint the fastest moving among a cluster of vehicles. The officer is then be able to spot the offender and pull the automobile over accordingly.
Officers patrol certain spots more frequently than others. Typically, these areas involve sections of the highway where the road widens out and drivers get the urge to push down hard on the accelerator.
Drivers in Sacramento can expect the most heavily patrolled area to be the weigh station near Antelope Road. Other areas of interest include Interstate 80 near the light rail station by Longview Drive, I-5 just pass the I-80 overpass, and the section of Elkhorn Boulevard between Rio Linda and North Highlands.