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States Scale Back Aircraft for Catching Speeders

July 02, 2012  | 

New York is one of several states to scale back the use of aircraft for traffic enforcement in recent years because of budget cuts or concerns about cost-effectiveness, reports the Associated Press via MSNBC.

Typically, aerial enforcement programs involve a plane, a pilot, a spotter to time vehicles as they travel between lines painted on the road and several cruisers to pull people over and issue tickets.

"That ain't cheap," Sgt. Kern Swoboda, a state police spokesman, told the Associated Press. He added that updated laser technology now allows a trooper on the ground to get speed readings over long distances and in heavy traffic—two situations where aircraft used to be superior.

Read the full Associated Press story.

Tags: Catching Speeders, Helicopters, New York State Police


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Greg @ 7/11/2012 4:33 AM

Since the reason for tickets is to slow down traffic and not revenue enhancement...oh well, they can make millions more with yellow light and speed cameras...wait, those don't slow down traffic, that revenue enhancement stuff again.

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