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SORRENTO - Just a few days after hundreds of speeding tickets were tossed out by a judge, Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot is reassuring the public that their radar systems work and will be in use.

More than 200 tickets were tossed after Sorrento Police Officer James Bell told a judge he didn't test his radar system with a tuning fork, the accepted practice to ensure the radar is working.

Today, Theriot showed News 2 records certifying the accuracy of every piece of radar equipment the department owns, including recently updated certificates.

On top of the certification, officer are supposed to test their radar with special tuning forks designed to vibrate at 25 and 40 MPH.

"Once they check the accuracy of it, they do that three times a shift, to make sure it's staying accurate at all times," said Theriot.

Theriot wants to reassure speeders there won't be any leniency on tickets written now, because he's reinforcing the policy to ensure all radars are tested regularly.

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