Are we safer or simply under more scrutiny by our government when we can be pulled over for being radioactive? One man may have the answer.
Mike Apatow is a firefighter in Stratford, Connecticut and on his way to work after a nuclear stress test, he found out how sensitive the radioactivity detectors carried by the state police are.
Apatow was doing nothing more than entering Interstate 84 when he was pulled over and told he was being stopped for being a 'radioactive vehicle'.
The CT Post reported Apatow had been given a stress test which uses a small amount of radioactive material to track blood flow to and through the heart. The amount of radioactive material used in the test is said to be equivalent to the amount in a CT scan or a few x-rays.
"They're very sensitive," stated Lt. J. Paul Vance, the State Police spokesman.
Apatow had the stress test to determine what the reason was for a high blood pressure reading, and was told to stay at least 10 feet from his infant son after the test for 24 hours.
The director of non-invasive cardiology at Bridgeport Hospital Dr. Gilead Lancaster said: "It's definitely known that this happens, and we do let patients know that there is a chance that they could be picked up,"
Apatow didn't seem to be troubled by being stopped by the State Police quite so much as being curious about it.
"I had no idea the police even had devices like that," he said. "I imagined it being like a cartoon -- like I'm driving down the street and my car was glowing."
The purpose of the radioactivity detectors is, in theory, to maintain a terrorist safe environment for the citizens of the country. The additional scrutiny is however perhaps symptomatic of the increased scrutiny we as citizens of this nation now reside under. It also begs the question of what other forms of scrutiny are being used which have not been widely publicized?