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Chapter 570-7 SPEED DETECTION DEVICES

Rule 570-7-.01 Information

All requests for applications and all applications for a permit for the use of speed detection devices, or requests for information concerning the rules of laws administered by the Department of Public Safety concerning the use of speed detection devices shall be made in writing to the Special Investigations Division, Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 1456, Atlanta, Georgia 30371.

Rule 570-7-.02 Application for Permit

(1) Applications for permits for the use of speed detection devices shall be on a form prescribed and approved by the Department of Public Safety and shall be submitted to the Special Investigations Division.
(2) Required information to be submitted by applicants shall be, but is not limited to:
(a) The name of the governing authority or Sheriff seeking the permit;
(b) The mailing address of the governing authority or Sheriff seeking the permit;
(c) The name of the party filing the application on behalf of the governing authority or Sheriff;
(d) The highway number, street, or road name the device is to be used on, the speed limit on said roadway, documentation confirming that these speed limits have been approved by the Office of Traffic Operations of the Department of Transportation;
(e) A copy of the "Certificate of Calibration" for each speed detection device in use by the police agency, a copy of the "Speed Detection Device Operators Permit" for each officer certified to operate the speed detection devices, and a copy of the police agency's "Radio Station License";
(f) Responses to all questions or requests for information in the application;
(g) Date of application;
(h) The application must state whether the governing authority or Sheriff erected signs on every highway which comprises a part of the State highway system at that point on the highway which intersects the boundary limits of the governing authority or Sheriff which signs shall warn approaching motorists that the use of such speed detection devices is being employed.
(3) Applications submitted by a governing body shall be accompanied by a certified copy of a resolution of the governing body seeking the permit showing that the governing body approves of and desires the use of speed detection devices for its law enforcement officers. Applications submitted by a Sheriff shall be accompanied by an affidavit executed by the Sheriff certifying that the Sheriff approves and desires the use of speed detection devices by that Sheriff Department's officers.
(4) The application shall state whether the existing speed limits at the specified locations have been determined on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation as required by the Uniform Rules of the Road (O.C.G.A. § 40-6-181, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-182, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-183, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-184) and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. If so, confirming data must be submitted.
(5) An application which does not include the information required by 570-7-.02(2)(d) will be considered incomplete and shall be returned to the applicant for completion. Incomplete applications will not be accepted by the Department of Public Safety and will not be considered for approval.

Rule 570-7-.03 Permit Amended

(1) Permits will be issued by the Department of Public Safety acting through its Commissioner.
(2) The Department of Public Safety, acting through its Commissioner, shall withhold issuance of a permit for the use of a speed detection device where the application reveals information that the governing authority or Sheriff has not complied or cannot comply with the laws of this State insofar as the use of speed detection devices is concerned. No permit or amendment will be issued until all information requested in the application has been provided. No permit issued will be valid until such time as the local governing authority or Sheriff holding the permit has complied with the laws of this State insofar as the use of speed detection devices is concerned.
(3) Permits are subject to suspension and/or revocation as the law may provide, and may be suspended for failure to provide current information.
(4) Permits issued pursuant to Chapter 570-7 of the Rules of the Department of Public Safety shall be in the following form when issued to a governing authority:

________________________________________________________________

(Governing Authority)

having submitted an application in proper form for a permit for the use of a speed detection device at the following location(s): and

________________________________________________________________

(Governing Authority)

having shown compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the Department of Public Safety hereby issued this permit to

________________________________________________________________

(Governing Authority)

for the use of a speed detection device at the above set out location(s).

Permit Number ________________

_________________________________________

Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

(5) Permits issued pursuant to Chapter 570-7 of the Rules of the Department of Public Safety shall be in the following form when issued to a Sheriff:

________________________________________________________________

(Sheriff)

having submitted an application in proper form for a permit for the use of a speed detection device at the following location(s): and

________________________________________________________________

(Sheriff)

having shown compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the Department of Public Safety hereby issued this permit to

________________________________________________________________

(Sheriff)

for the use of a speed detection device at the above set out location(s).

Permit Number ________________

_________________________________________

Commissioner, Department of Public Safety

Rule 570-7-.04 Expiration of Permits

(1) All speed detection device permits issued are valid for three (3) years and expire on December 31st of the third year.
(2) Permits may be renewed by completing an amended application for permit as prescribed by Georgia Law and Department of Public Safety rules. The completed amendment application must be submitted to the Georgia Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division, P. O. Box 1456, Atlanta, Georgia, 30371-2303.
(3) Permit holders are solely responsible for renewing the permit prior to the expiration date. No expiration notices will be sent by the Department.

Rule 570-7-.05 Speed Timing Devices Standard Specifications

To establish minimum performance specifications for speed detection devices.

(a) Speed detection devices listed in the annual administrative order issued by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety meet the minimum requirements and are approved. Also sanctioned are speed detection devices from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (hereafter "I.A.C.P.") Combined Radar and Lidar Conforming Product List for speed measuring devices. Radars included on the I.A.C.P. Combined Radar and Lidar Conforming Product List for speed measuring devices must meet specifications defined in 570-7-.05,(b)1., 2., 3. , and 4.
(b) Speed detection devices listed upon the I.A.C.P. Combined Radar and Lidar Conforming Product List for speed measuring devices have been determined by the Department to meet the minimum performance specifications and may be utilized provided certain modifications are present.
1. Any mechanism for automatically locking a target speed in the display must be disabled.
2. Any mechanism for warning operators that a display target speed exceeds a present limit, such as audible tone or momentary locking of the display, must be disabled.
3. A minimum of two display windows for moving mode radar so that the patrol speed and target speed may be displayed simultaneously. Radars which have only one window may be used only in the stationary mode.
4. If a doppler audio signal which gives the operator a tone signal directly correlating with the displayed target speed is not present, it must be added.
(c) Other Speed Timing Devices:
1. Speed timing devices utilizing a stopwatch principal measure speed by dividing the distance traveled by the time it took to travel that distance.
(i) Minimum Specifications:
(I) The device shall, if capable of measuring distance, provide visual evidence (i.e., display calibration number) that the calibration switches are set properly; thus, assuring the operator that the device is properly calibrated.
(II) The device, if capable of measuring distance, must permit accurate and reliable speed checks by dialing into the computer previously logged distances.
(III) The device shall, if capable of measuring distance, have the capability of measuring distance in miles and of converting distance into feet by dialing a predetermined number into the computer.
(IV) The device must have the capability of measuring time in increments of not more than 0.036 seconds.
(V) The device shall clear itself automatically upon the initiation of a new speed check No re-set switches required.
(VI) The device shall allow the operator to recall time or distance if the device is capable of measuring distance, upon the completion of a speed check without erasing the calculated speed.
2. Speed Timing devices determining speed by measuring the time of flight of short pulses of infrared light between the instrument and its target.
(i) Minimum Specifications;
(I) The speed of light is constant and the infrared light utilized must, when activated, transmit pulses of infrared light to provide the operator with the true speed of the target vehicle.
(II) Must provide the user, upon command, the target vehicle's speed and distance by displaying this information on a panel provided for this purpose.
(III) Must provide an accurate reading up to a distance of 2000 feet with a light beam width of no more than 8 feet.
(IV) Must provide an accurate reading when the target vehicle has been checked for a minimum of 0.3 seconds.
(V) Must meet or exceed United States Food and Drug Administration Class 1 laser eye safety standards.
(VI) The device must provide the following features:
I. Aiming device;
II. Range display;
III. Lighted target speed display;
IV. Laser transmit indicator, either visual or audible;
V. Target light display intensity control;
VI. Locking device which will maintain displayed speed of target vehicle until cleared by user;
VII. Power control switch.

Rule 570-7-.06 Repealed

Rule 570-7-.07 Repealed

Rule 570-7-.08 Certification of Devices by Technicians

Before being placed in service, and annually thereafter, speed timing devices must be certified for compliance by the manufacturer's technician, a technician possessing a general class radiotelephone license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, or a technician certified by a manufacturer of speed timing devices or other training program for the certification of speed detection devices.

Rule 570-7-.09 Repealed

Rule 570-7-.10 Definitions

570-7-.10 For purposes of O.C.G.A. 40-14-2, a full-time peace officer is one who regularly works a minimum of 30 hours per week or 120 hours per 28 day period as a peace officer for the applicant.