INDIANAPOLIS (WTHI) - The Indiana State Police crack down on reckless driving: by air.
ISP patrol the road, enforcing speed limits to keep you safe.
Often, they'll track your speed with a radar gun, but with the help of a Cessna Skyhawk, Troopers know how fast you're traveling without even seeing you.
"This is our airplane detail. This mainly focuses on aggressive driving and reckless driving," said ISP Trooper BJ Patterson. "We use a system called VASCAR, which we pre-determined marks on the roadway that measures vehicle speed. So, basically, it's time and distance that equals the vehicles speed."
The moment a car crosses a painted mark in the road...the pilot starts to calculate the time it took for the car to travel a predetermined distance.
If you're speeding, the calls goes out.
"He'll be able to determine how fast that care is going. He will then radio the Troopers that are on the ground, and point out the vehicle to the troopers," said Trooper Patterson. "Our main goal is to reduce reckless driving and aggressive driving. That's our number one goal."
It's a tool used to crack down on unsafe drivers, giving police eyes in the sky to keep you safe.
In a specific exercise, the pilot and Indiana State Troopers pulled over 22 cars in a matter of two hours.
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