Two Richmond Hill Police officers, Sgt. Luke Harris and Lt. Jason Sakelarios, recently completed a light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, training course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the state Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.
Speed consistently ranks as one of the top five contributing factors resulting in serious injury and fatal accidents.
This course provides officers the necessary training to become instructors on the proper use of LIDAR speed detection devices in compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards.
Students are also given instruction for training new operators on procedures for setting up the LIDAR and conducting a check for accuracy.
According to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, training and proactive enforcement will enable law enforcement to have an impact on reducing speed-related incidents and ultimately saving lives.
Funding for the program is provided by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.