As the National Highway Authority of India plans to install speed sensors and the police gear up to fine speeding vehicles on the Gurgaon Expressway, markets are flooded with devices that can help detect cops’ interceptor vehicles.
Commuters have gone a step ahead and installed the imported device called speed radar sensor in their vehicles that can detect speed radars from a distance of about 2-3 kms and alert the driver giving him/her enough time to slow down and escape heavy penalty.
The gadget, easily available in western countries and now in grey markets of Delhi such as Palika Bazaar and Gaffar Market, costs little less than Rs 5,000 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 the device for them. “I got one from the US 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 traffic police from a distance of 2-3 kms. 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 US and other countries, people use it discreetly but here the device is increasingly becoming popular and Delhi dealers say the demand has gone up. It is yet to hit Gurgaon markets. When asked, a Gurgaon traffic policeman was caught unawares and said he did not know of any such sensor device.