Some Raleigh PD radar guns not certified, can’t be used as evidence in court

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh Police Department radar guns that were not re-certified, as per protocol, cannot be used as evidence in court, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Monday.

Around 10 radar guns used to the department were not monitored by state regulation standards. All radar guns are to be calibrated and certified to be working properly every year. The approximately 10 guns in question were not certified, so they cannot be used as evidence in court cases.

The radar guns were tested afterwards and found to be calibrated correctly, but since they weren’t certified, it doesn’t matter.

Freeman said they are sorting through 60-70 cases to see if they will even take them to court. Overall, around 300 cases could be impacted. In some cases, other evidence will be able to stand by itself, but other tickets may just have to be dropped.

Most of the radar guns were only out of certification for 2 months, but one radar gun was not properly certified for 14 months.

Freeman said the radar guns were used by a particular precinct so the tickets will be concentrated to one area of Raleigh.

Freeman said she can’t say which precinct it was.

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