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HALIFAX, N.S. — Those who turn the wheels for a living should pay extra attention to the lurking Halifax police officer armed with the new LIDAR gun.

The LIDAR (Light Detector and Ranging) can be used in heavy traffic, unlike its radar predecessor.

Officers will now be able to be sneakier, stepping out of their cars and hiding at the crest of a hill or behind an electrical pole and still successfully aim the battery-powered gun.

Each new detector costs about $7,800. Police in the province’s capital region have one in service now and another is on order — to say nothing of their continued use of conventional RADAR.

The new gun is accurate within plus- or minus-two km-h.

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