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New, legal live radar trap detector/locator

Thu, 27 Aug 2009

Performance Products has launched the Snooper 3ZERO, a revolutionary new combination radar detector with GPS technology.

The first of its kind, this new device will locate fixed speed cameras using GPS technology and the renowned AURA database. The unit will also detect the radar and laser waves that are transmitted by the majority of police speed guns.

This launch comes at a time when drivers face more traps than ever before on British roads.  Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that speed camera convictions have risen from 262,000 in 1996 to 1,865,000 in 2006, while the number of speed cameras on the roads has tripled in the past decade.

Aptly named 3ZERO, in honour of the company’s 30th anniversary, the device celebrates the company’s pioneering developments in the field, which included the introduction of radar detectors to the UK in 1979.

Steven Ballard, director at Performance Products, said: “We have always been at the forefront of technology in this area and the Snooper 3ZERO is no different. The device is far more advanced than other radar detection devices and will detect live cameras, instead of just alerting you to every camera on the road. Drivers will also benefit from a more sophisticated screening process to ensure that the device doesn’t react to false alerts.”

A lot of people are still fearful that radar/laser detectors are illegal in the UK. In fact, that is not the case. Steven Ballard explains:

“The government tried to introduce a ban on this type of technology a few years ago, but this part of the Road Safety Bill was never implemented. This was largely due to the backlash from the industry and general public who challenged the validity of how they proposed to do this.

“Even though it was never fully implemented the publicity it received did make some retail outlets nervous and they stopped selling and producing units and similarly lots of consumers still believe this to be the case. In England it is legal to buy and use both GPS and radar detection devices. What is illegal is any device that interferes with a signal, helping people to break the speed limit and get away with it, as opposed to devices which just flags up speed limit changes and notify the driver.”

The Snooper 3ZERO costs £149.99 inc VAT and is available from


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