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Highway patrol ordered yesterday, ban hand- held radar guns because troopers could develop cancer in Des Moines Iowa.

Concerns that troopers could develop cancer from longterm exposure to the radiation waved emitted by the devices. The ban was ordered as a precaution while studies are conducted into the possible links between cancer and the use of such guns.

It comes two months after three municipal officers in Cedar Rapids field workman’s compensation claims, saying the developed cancer from using the hand- held units.

Adam Smith said “The feeling here is to err on the side of caution until more is known about the issue.”

The ban affects 70 radar guns that will be withdrawn from service. The feeling here is considered to be the first of its kind by a state police agency.


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