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DPS Set to Nab Speeders From The Sky

DPS aircraft to help spot speeding vehicles this weekend along U.S. 93

Friday, February 14, 2014 -

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In an effort to prevent fatal and serious injury collisions on U.S. 93 this Presidents Day weekend, the Arizona Department of Public (DPS) will be utilizing its aircraft in a targeted program to slow motorists down.

Motorists who are observed traveling above posted speed limits, or committing other dangerous traffic violations, will be ticketed during the special operation.

The operation will be made possible thanks to the Air Support Assisting Patrol (ASAP) team at DPS that employs the agencys fixed-wing aircraft to patrol over stretches of

Arizonas highways in order to monitor traffic for excessive speed and other dangerous driving behavior.

A pilot and spotter [crew] aboard participating aircraft will utilize airborne tracking equipment when computing excessive speed and other dangerous driving behavior.

Once a violation has been identified, the crew coordinates with DPS Highway Patrol units on the ground via radio and directs them to the target vehicle for a traffic stop.

Kingman-based DPS Highway Patrol officers will make up the ground based contingent of the operation along US 93 just south of I-40.

During previous air patrol enforcement operations along US 93, the average speed for vehicles stopped was calculated to be 86 mph. The highest speed was computed at 135 mph. The posted speed limit on US 93 in this area is 65 mph.

DPS employs a fully marked 1980 single engine Cessna for patrol flights. Grant funding for ASAP operations statewide is provided by the Governors Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).


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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.