6/2/2005Maryland Police Use Night Vision to Issue Seat Belt Tickets
Maryland State Police use night vision goggles to issue tickets to motorists who were not wearing seatbelts.
Maryland State Police on Wednesday used night vision goggles to issue tickets to motorists who were not wearing seatbelts. The military-style equipment was able to peer inside passing vehicles at a late evening checkpoint in Rockville.
Maryland police issued 111 seat belt tickets as part of the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign.
Maryland State Police Cpl. Kevin Sherwood said the night-vision goggles are an effective way to catch those drivers. "Often times you can see inside, but other times you can't because the light is directly ahead," Sherwood said. "What this does is amplifies the ambient light inside the vehicle so you can actually see inside the car and see whether they actually have their seat belt on."Source: Police Use New Tool Against Seat Belt Violators (WRC-TV, 6/2/2005)
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