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monday, October 8, 1979
UNL campus not completely accessible to disabled-Munn
By Mary Louise Knapp
Difficulty with opening doors, getting into elevators
and up ramps, a wheelchair, basketball game, head-on col
listens with other 'temporarily disabled' people, and
smiles were all part of Disability Awareness Day, Sunday
from 2 to 5 pjn.
The afternoon's activities began at Broyhill Fountain
with opening remarks by Bradley Munn, director of the
Affirmative Action Office. Munn referred to himself as
Coordinator of Services for the Handicapped."
Munn said that it would take more than 3 million dol
lars to make all three NU campuses completely accessible
to the disabled.
"It is doubtful that enough funds will be available, at
least not in the near future, to make all three campuses
accessible," he said.
Munn also remarked that "The disabled, like minority
groups, have had to fight to get equal treatment. We have
tried to make UNL an equal opportunity university."
Munn estimated that there are abqut 225 handicapped
students at UNL, most with disabilities that are not
readily seen, including students who are blind, deaf,
arthritic, and alcoholic.
'There is still a lot of improvement that could be made
in UNL facilities," Munn said.
Simulation exercises, in which volunteers got in wheel
chairs and were given instructions such as Use a pay
phone" or "go up the ramp at the student union," fol
lowed. Bill Rush and Susie Dahl, two disabled UNL stu
dents, Bruce Berggren, pastor of the Lutheran Student
Chapel and Center, and Stuart Kolnick of the University
Programming Council explained the exercises and gave
information on the problems or nanaicappea siuaems.
Rush showed some of the areas on campus that are
difficult or impossible to get to. Teacher'i College, he re
marked, is totally inaccessible to the disabled, there is no
railing on the ramp at the Business Administration Build,
ing, and the ramp at the Woods Music Building is steep.
After the simulation exercises, the group went to the
Coliseum for a wheel chair basketball game between Lin.
coin's Wheelie-Pbppers and volunteers from UNL frater
nities. Berggren made note of the fact that the Coliseum is
Inaccessible to the handicapped, but they chose that site
for the basketball game to show that "handicapped people
need recreational facilities too."
Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis threw in the game ball.
Disability Awareness Day is sponsored by Campus Ministr
ies and the University Programming Council.
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Accuracy of radar disputed,
reading discrepancies possible
By Michelle Carr
The "Fuzzbuster" versus the "fuzz" was
one way to describe a legislative hearing on
the reliability of radar use in speed detec
Members of the Nebraska State Patrol
told the Legislature's Judiciary Committee
that a trained officer can successfully use
the radar units to accurately determine
speeds. Col. Elmer Kohmetscher, superin
tendent of the state patrol, said radar is an
effective tool in lowering speedings, thus
lowering the state's death toll.
However, Rod Dornsife, a former police
officer, who now serves as a consultant for
Electrolert Inc., the manufacturer of the
"Fuzzbuster" detection device, told the
committee that radar units give inaccurate
readings and most of the final speed deter
mination is up to the law enforcement
'There is such a lot happening in a short
period of time," he said, adding that
officers must first guess the speed of a
suspected violator, look at the speed of the
patrol vehicle, look at the radar speed and
listen for an audible sound emitted from
the radar, which signals a speeder.
Dornsife testified earlier this summer in
the nationally publicized Dade County,
Fla. trial in which a Florida judge threw
out 80 speeding cases based on radar read
ings. The affect of stationary objects also
throws off radar accuracy, Dornsife said.
Overpasses, bridges and trees are known to
disrupt radar readings, he said.
Sen. Ernest Chambers of Omaha, told
the committee he noticed several discre
pancies in radar use when he witnessed a
state patrol demonstration Thursday. Two
radar units were demonstrated by the
patrol, both on city streets and highways.
The two units often showed different
speeds for one car, sometimes a 15 mile
per hour difference, Chambers said. Also,
the unit tended to read the speed of a larg
er vehicle, such as a truck, rather than a
small car, which was following close behind
the larger vehicle.
"From what we saw the units were
unstable if you apply the change' in read
outs for no reason,' Chambers said.
Sgt. Steven Grosshans, of the state
patrol, said the range of radar detection is
from 300 feet to 2 miles. He admitted that
it is possible not to detect a car following a
truck, but only on the interstate.
Dornsife said the public fears radar and
feels helpless when contesting radar deter
minations in court.
Kohmetscher said in 1978 the patrol
received only 18 complaints against tickets
issued through radar detection. More than
116,000 speeding tickets were issued by
the patrol in the same year, he added.
Kohmetscher stressed the fact that radar
provides evidence needed in the courts.
Dornsife said the discrepancies of radar
use can be attributed to bad equipment
and improper training.
Radar detection "is a difficult situation
and mistakes do occur," he said.
Ed Sergent, vice president of sales for
MPH Industries, which manufactures the
KS5 radar unit used by the state patrol and
other Nebraska law enforcement agencies,
disagreed with Dornsife's testimony.
Sergent, also a former police officer,
said that the K5S unit works with proper
training and has never been disproved in
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