Madison Police Department buys new laser detectors to crack down on speeding

MADISON, Wis. — In an effort to combat reckless driving, the Madison Police Department is increasing the use of its speed-measuring technology.

The department received eight new lasers this week thanks to a grant from the city’s Vision Zero initiative.

Officers completed a 24-hour cycle of testing on Wednesday.

The lasers can measure speeds on vehicles up to 3,000 feet away.

The department is targeting East Washington Avenue, Mineral Point Road and the Beltline to address speeding in those areas.

“We’re just trying to get out and reduce some of these speeds,” Officer Michael Malloy said. “I think nationwide we’ve seen an increase in reckless driving over the past few years, so this is just what we’re doing to try and help reduce that.”

The department has used 20 to 25 lasers for three decades to crack down on speeding. Malloy said the department hopes to buy eight more lasers by next year.

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