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State Patrol conducting aerial enforcement missions

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MADISON (WKOW)—Speeders beware- the Wisconsin State Patrol is doing aerial enforcement missions across the region.

How it works is the pilot uses marks along the interstate, visible from the air, that are about an eight of a mile apart.

“I pace the car as it's going through the zone using a piece of equipment that's called Vascar, that's just a simple speed computer,” said Inspector Derek Schuette, one of the pilots.

There are troopers stationed in the aerial enforcement areas, the pilot then communicates the vehicle information and rate of speed to the officers waiting on the ground.

“[The trooper] goes, takes off after you and I stay with the trooper, in other words I fly over and make sure he stops the right car until he does have the car stopped,” Schuette said.

Schuette says during each four hour flight, he nabs between 20 and 40 cars. And it's not just speeders he targets, he can also have troopers stop those following too closely or aggressive drivers.

“You get a big picture when you're in the air, whereas a trooper sitting on the ground he's only going to see so much,” Schuette said.

The aerial enforcement's are paid for by a federal grant. Last year, the three planes across the state flew 64 missions, stopping more than 2-thousand vehicles, resulting in hundreds of citations and even eight criminal drug arrests.


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