Lake Norman & Mooresville

Lasering in on speeders

The Mooresville Police Department will use a new technology to slow down speeders, particularly along sections of N.C. 150.

The department has purchased the LIDAR radar device, a handheld device that uses an invisible laser beam to help track speeding vehicles.

The new system will cost almost $67,000, but a federal grant will pay for all but $20,000. The system is especially efficient in high-traffic areas, police said, allowing officers to track speeding vehicles easier.

Interim Police Chief Carl Robbins said the department needed the device to help curtail speeding along N.C. 150. A town traffic task force discovered that half of the town's 28 dangerous intersections were along N.C. 150.

N.C. 150 in Mooresville saw more than 400 accidents in 2007, almost 20 percent of the town total.

“There's definitely a correlation between speeding and the accidents,” Robbins said.

Mooresville police officers must take 12 hours of training to be certified to use the system. Robbins said he expects the system to be in place by the end of the year.

“At the end of the day, we aren't interested in the number of tickets we write,” he said. “We just want people to be safe.”