State Police crack down on speeders from roads and sky

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TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — If you are driving during this Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll notice more State Police on the highways. They’re in full force cracking down on speeders.

Troop C showed News 8 how they’re tackling traffic enforcement. From the sky, troopers in a Cessna aircraft track speeds using a marking on the highway as the starting point.

trooper9 State Police crack down on speeders from roads and sky“We have hash marks painted in quarter miles increments on the highway and the pilot and the spotter using the timer will time vehicles from one hash mark to another,” said Sgt. Kenneth Albert with the Connecticut State Police.

The spotter radios down to patrol cars alerting troopers of the speeding driver. Sgt. Albert waits along the highway. The spotter told him there’s a speeding SUV approaching.

“So the speed limit is 65 and he was doing 84 and typically it’s a quarter mile clock that the plane clock him out,” said Sgt. Albert.trooper10 State Police crack down on speeders from roads and sky

Within minutes the spotter tracked another SUV going well over the speed limit. The driver was going 83 in a 65 and slapped with a $300.00 ticket.

“When you are approaching speeds of 80 to 85 MPH it’s a safety issue,” said Sgt. Albert.

trooper13 State Police crack down on speeders from roads and skyState police are also cracking down on aggressive and impaired drivers.

“We are looking for speeders. We are looking for improper lane changes. We are looking for following too close. Reckless driving,” said Sgt. Albert.

Sgt. Albert said they are doing their best to keep the drivers safe.

“The goal is just to keep the public roads safe. Keep the roads in Connecticut safe for all the people traveling for the Thanksgiving weekend,” said Sgt. Albert.

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