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Common sense prevails: states trimming use of aircraft for speed traps

GasBuddy Blog -- Thirsty V8's that police agencies many time resort to are fuel thirsty. A typical Ford Crown Vic police edition nets a measly 16mpg combined. Now imagine state police and other agencies using something even more inefficient- aircraft- to net speeders. Well that may finally be coming to an end.

As the AP reports, agencies are somehow finally figuring out that maintaining, fueling, and piloting aircraft is just too darn expensive for the proceeds that come from writing tickets. And keep in mind, to pull a speeder over after seeing visual confirmation via aircraft, you still need a ground unit netting a combined 16mpg to finish stopping the vehicle. Not very efficient.

The California Highway Patrol still has 15 planes...


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Submitted Jul 01, 2012 By: PD
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 12:21:30 PM

yes about time
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 6:04:40 AM

Its about time they figured its stupid to waste taxpayer money like that!!!
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tfsmith1
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 4:40:55 PM

Waste of money just for speeding
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2012 3:40:36 PM

yes
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I'm on a boat!
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RONALD777
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2012 2:58:54 PM

I always wondered how they pulled over cars from a plane.
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2012 10:39:27 PM

Gee. Maybe they can divert some of those traffic pests over to city streets and cut down on the crime the ordinary everyday citizen has to bear while their cops are all bunched up like a bunch of thugs out on the freeway writing tickets and otherwise molesting taxpaying motorists. By the way, I haven't had a ticket in years but I have sure been victimized by criminals who want to steal, druggies operating openly near schools, and a general sense of wondering where all the cops are. Oh wait! They are all still out on the highways. I counted 6 cars of them the other day looking at a one hour ago roll over without injury. What are they? Seven years old? When will the public wise up and start attending city council meetings and seeing about taking care of business...civic business.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 8:14:57 AM

makes sense
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2012 11:47:07 PM

about time
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2012 7:54:17 PM

police need radar detector busters
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 8:22:49 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2012 11:34:42 AM

That's why we need bar codes on our car tops; then they could scan before they shoot!
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2012 10:06:28 AM

The answer is simple...Apache gunships to shoot the speeders.
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2012 8:06:01 AM

Leave it to the greedy!
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2012 8:01:26 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2012 1:07:20 AM

Common sense and government spending usually never go together.
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2012 8:29:05 PM

Dumb idea dreamed up by overzealous governmental bureaucrats using law enforcement as a source of revenue.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:22:29 PM

Wasting too much money.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:30:00 AM

It is the right thing to do.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 7:58:17 AM

about time to smarten up
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 5:10:59 AM

It was another example of government run amuk!
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 2:50:08 PM

waste
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 10:58:54 PM

finally
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wow
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 8:26:39 AM

common sense prevails
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Your government at work here...
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:30:47 AM

I've only known a few people who got caught by a plane, I don't think they run them around here very often if at all anymore
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2012 8:15:19 AM

i agree
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2012 11:24:45 PM

Should be required to observe you from ground level in person like the founder fathers said in language put into the original documents anyways. Like red light and speed cameras, it is sad Americans stood by and took that complete breach of our rights without fighting back. I for one did my part by writing my elected officials, did you?
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2012 11:06:47 PM

and the taxpayers have to fund this stupidity. Works well for other things, but not in speed catching.
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2012 7:39:00 AM

about time
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2012 12:42:12 AM

They will trade-in the planes for speed cameras.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 9:40:15 PM

It makes sense that they would do away with the aircraft - visual clocking seems to be a big loophole if you choose to go to court.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 9:34:23 PM

I've always thought that using aircraft for speeders is idiotic. What a waste!
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 9:18:31 PM

One positive of higher gas prices...
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 6:46:45 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 5:45:58 PM

Make sense
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 3:36:50 PM

Sounds like government is actually learning to think. Hope it continues
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 3:11:25 PM

aircraft just always seemed to be overkill to me for catching speeders...nothing else more important they can be doing?
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:42:23 PM

I've seen the CHP using aircraft on a speed trap where there is downhill grade on I-80 between Vallejo and Fairfield, which seemed to be an efficient use of resources. The plane told the waiting flock of cruises at the bottom of the grade which cars to pick off. It looked like a shooting gallery, as soon as an Officer was done, he immediately had another target to jump.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:09:55 PM

what was their primary purpose to use airpalne anyway?!
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:09:28 PM

Bureaucrats are always the last to "wise up." 'Bout Time!
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:07:26 PM

Its seems to be reasonable that they would stop using aircraft.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:06:30 PM


"Common sense prevails: states trimming use of aircraft for speed traps"

How can it be a 'trap' when they use a plane?

It's not like you can hide a plane behind a tree or some other structure to keep it from being seen by speeders.

It would be nice to read something like the following;

'Common sense prevails: Motorists drive at the posted speeds.'

But like someone once said, "Common sense isn't so common anymore".

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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:03:29 PM

DUH!!
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:02:24 PM

more yesterday's news.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 1:57:02 PM

My same sentiments, rampower80!
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 1:56:30 PM

if they are having to use speed traps to raise revenue... then they just might have to many officers working to make up speed traps to help pay for them....
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 1:54:11 PM

NOR HERE
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2012 1:53:32 PM

I would think the expenese don't add up to the fines involved. I would think such resources would be better utilized on catching criminals and those truly endangering the public.
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