Hand-Held Radar Guns Banned in Iowa

(DES MOINES)– On Wednesday, the Iowa Highway Patrol ordered the banning of hand-held radar guns for Iowa police officers. This comes after concern that longtime exposure to radar gun radiation may cause cancer. Two months ago, three officers from Cedar Rapids filed workman’s compensation claims, disputing that they developed cancer from the use of radar guns. “The feeling here is to err on the side of caution while more is known about the issue,” said Adam Berluti, spokesman for the Iowa Highway Patrol. There are studies being conducted into possible links between cancer and radar guns. State Troopers will continue to use radar units mounted on the outside of their cruisers.

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