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DPS to nab speeders from airplane

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Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:34 am

— Drivers in western Arizona had better watch their speed on Thursday.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety will be sending a Cessna 182 to the Parker area to monitor traffic violations from about 1,000 feet overhead.

The plane's pilot will then call patrol cars in the area to make traffic stops.

The pilot will be using a device that will time vehicles between two marks a quarter-mile apart from each other. The average speed is computed, and based on that number or any other violations, the pilot can call in the ground units.

DPS obtained the plane in 1980 under a federal grant, and the agency says it costs $25 an hour to operate.

DPS says Thursday's enforcement is being funded by a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

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