The speed in Fairfax County reckless driving cases is often determined by LIDAR. LIDAR is an acronym for “Light Detection And Ranging.” This equipment is increasingly common among Fairfax County police officers and frequently used to determine speed of vehicles for speeding and reckless driving charges. LIDAR is not tehnically a form of RADAR but actually uses a beam of light which can be aimed at an object. Police officers often use LIDAR on the bumper or license plate of a vehicle.
LIDAR is a very technical method of determining speed. The officer operating the LIDAR must be properly trained and the instrument itself must be properly calibrated. LIDAR is only accurate when operated under the correct conditions.
Reckless driving in Virginia is a class one misdemeanor. All crimes must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt by the government. Proper maintenance and operation of the LIDAR are required to establish that a driver is guilty of a Fairfax reckless driving charge.Google+