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KeysWhale posted 02-08-2002 02:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for KeysWhale  
Fl. State troopers out in force in the Upper Keys and the "18 mile stretch". Almost every week and particularly thursday. They painted brand new lines on the road so they could use the airplanes. So be careful. May be the same thro out Florida. Paul
David Pendleton posted 02-08-2002 06:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
How do the lines help the airplanes?


dfmcintyre posted 02-08-2002 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
For targeting purposes.....

Actually, the only way to determine the speed of the vehicle from the air is to run a stopwatch between a previously measured distance (from some foggy memory chip in my RAM, 1/10 of a mile rings a bell).

Some agencies paint lines on the road, some will place out along side the road, in the weeds, large fold out 4x4' squares for one day use....

The observer (and in real dumb instances, just the pilot) will note a potential speeder , and note the elapsed time, check their chart and radio down the direction, speed, color, model and make ("Hey MU2 ((MarkedUnit)), I've got a large Cadillac pullin a HUGE Whaler with twin Mercs that's just passed ME").

At that point, it's pull out the wallet time.....

As an aside, we've worked the bridge between Ontario and Michigan for kids speeding back across after the bars close with a state police laser unit. The night I worked had the evenings winner clocked at 68, coming down the bridge (it's a 35 zone, btw) and that laser unit is damned accurate. The troop would call out "68.3 mph for 837.5 feet".

After Customs or INS was done with their questions, they would get directed to one of eight waiting MU's.

Best - Don

KeysWhale posted 02-08-2002 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
You got it, sneaky b#$#%%%. They closed the stretch one night and painted the lines. Got me rushing home to set up for my wifes B-Day. Nice present, she passed me while I was getting a ticket. I'm still paying for it!!

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