Iowa Highway Patrol will no longer be able to use hand-held radar guns due to the gun’s relations to cancer-causing radiation waves.
The ban was ordered yesterday in Des Moines. Studies are currently being carried out as to whether the link between cancer and the use of said guns are possible. While 70 radar guns will be withdrawn from service, radar units with transmitters will be mounted on the exterior of the trooper’s cruisers.
All of this has been done in a state of precaution. Adam Berluti, spokesman for the Highway patrol, states that, “the whole situation is under review.”
This precaution is something that has never before been carried out by a police agency. The prompt for this change derived from officers in Cedar Rapids filing workman’s compensation claims saying they developed cancer from using the guns. These claims happened only two months ago.