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DPS to conduct airborne speed enforcement detail tomorrow in the Parker and Quartzite areas

Speed enforcement detail made possible by a grant from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 -

On Thursday, June, 10, 2010, DPS’ Fixed Wing Air Support Unit will be sending a Department Cessna 182 to the Parker area to conduct a traffic enforcement detail along State Route 95 in the Parker area as well as on I-10 in the Quartzite area. The detail is being funded by a grant from GOHS. Several area DPS Officers will be working out of patrol cars making traffic stops based on the pilot’s observations of traffic violations.

The DPS officer / pilot, operating about 1,000' above the highway, will utilize a timing device to time vehicles between two 1/4 mile marks. An average speed is computed, and based on this speed and any other driving violations, the officer / pilot radios to the ground units, and a traffic stop is conducted.

The airplane used for the detail is a four seat Cessna 182 airplane, obtained by DPS in 1980 under a federal grant. Funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) allows these aircraft details to be conducted in each DPS Highway Patrol district around the State.

Parker based DPS Highway Patrol Officers and the DPS marked airplane can be available at the Parker airport between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m., on June 10th for additional info and photographs. Please contact DPS officer / pilot Andy Dobis at adobis@azdps.gov or (602) 509-2605, to arrange a meeting time or for more information.

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