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Air patrols result in over 2000 traffic stops so far


MADISON, WI (WSAU) -  Have you ever felt like someone was watching you drive down the road? There’s a good chance you’re right.  

The State Patrol Air Support Unit currently has three sergeants, a trooper and an inspector who are licensed pilots. They fly three specially equipped Cessna 172 Skyhawk planes based in Madison, Oshkosh, and Eau Claire. From above us, they can detect speeding, aggressive driving, tailgating, unsafe lane changes and other traffic violations, then relay that information to officers on the ground.

So far this year, 79 flights have resulted in 2,197 traffic stops, most of them for speeding. That breaks down to nearly 28 citations written every time they use the airplane.

If you’d like to see how using an airplane catches speeders, we have a link to the State Patrol’s You-Tube video at this link: