Even as the National Highway Authority of India is planning to install speed sensors and the police gearing up to fine speeding vehicles on the Gurgaon Expressway, markets have been flooded with devices that can help offenders detect the cops’ interceptor vehicles.
So, most commuters have gone a step ahead of the police and installed the imported device called speed radar sensor in their vehicles. These sensors can detect speed radars from a distance of about 2-3 km and alert the driver, thus giving him/her enough time to slow down and escape heavy penalty.
The gadget, easily available in western countries and now in the grey markets of Delhi such as Palika Bazaar and Gaffar Market, costs little less than R5,000 and $100 overseas.
Frequent fliers to foreign shores on business or leisure visits say they are getting requests from their friends and relatives to procure this device for them.
“I got one from the during my last visit in August. It is easily available for less than $100. It is an amazing device which I have installed on the dashboard of my car. It
triggers a loud alarm the moment it detects a speed radar installed by the traffic police from a distance of 2-3 km. It gives me ample time to slow down and is especially helpful on national and state highways,” said a Gurgaon resident.
Unfortunately, the police department will not be able to prevent misuse of the device as they do not seem to be aware of it.
In the US and other countries, people use it discreetly. Here, the device is increasingly becoming popular and Delhi dealers say the demand has gone up. The sensor is yet to hit Gurgaon markets.
When asked, a Gurgaon traffic policeman was caught unawares and said he did not know about any such sensor device.