When you’ve done something wrong or believe someone has accused you of doing something wrong, whether it’s simple reckless driving or something more serious like murder, trying to escape the police can be a natural instinct. But evading the police is rarely successful and can not only lead to the injuries or deaths of innocent people, but also in additional criminal charges. A new technology known as the StarChase system could mean the end of high speed police car chases for good, but it’s always better to avoid evading the police at any speed and instead contact a defense lawyer as soon as you are charged with a crime or believe you are under investigation.
How Does StarChase Work?
The StarChase system has so far been adopted by the Tustin Police, which is the only police force in Southern California using the product, but if it proves successful, other departments may soon follow suit. The StarChase system works at the beginning of a police pursuit, when officers use a laser to set a target on a fleeing vehicle and then launch an air-propelled canister from their vehicle’s grill. If the canister hits the vehicle, a powerful adhesive will hold it in place while the device emits a GPS signal so police will not have to chase the driver, which can make an evading driver operate their vehicle in a reckless manner.
Benefits of the StarChase System
The biggest benefit of the StarChase system is that without feeling the need to shake of police pursuit, many people trying to evade the law will drive safer. This means there will be fewer of the hit and run accidents that are currently associated with high speed police chases. Of course, reckless driving attorneys remind drivers to be aware that this doesn’t mean they can now evade police without consequences. In fact, evasion charges still apply to drivers fleeing the police no matter what speed they drive -but if the lack of pursuit makes them abandon the reckless driving tactics and property damage that commonly occur during a high speed chase, the drivers will likely only face misdemeanor evasion charges rather than felony charges. Additionally, this could help fleeing drivers avoid hit and run charges as well.
The StarChase System Could Help Everyone
All-in-all, the StarChase system could help make the public safer while helping fleeing drivers face fewer criminal charges, which makes the device a win-win for everyone involved. That being said, even if all police departments adopt the technology, it is still advisable to always avoid fleeing the police and instead contact your defense attorney if you have been charged with (or believe you may be charged with) a crime.
If you have been accused of a crime, including evading the police, Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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