Exceeding the speed limit? Someone above may be watching

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KENOSHA CO. (WITI) -- Drivers with lead feet often become adept at spotting law enforcers along the interstate before they get caught speeding. But that's not always the case.

Trooper Kyle Amlong cannot predict the future, but he knows which drivers are speeding before he can see them.

"I'm going to turn on my lights and siren and talk to this individual," said Amlong.

So how does a guy with no radar or laser clock a car going 80 miles an hour? He does so with a little help from above. An aerial enforcement team is soaring 1,500 feet above the pavement, tracking cars as they travel between a series of white lines, spaced an eighth of a mile apart.

"5.56 seconds over the eighth of a mile, .1250 miles, average speed of 80.0 miles per hour," said the pilot of the plane above.

It kicks out a vehicle's speed using one of those basic formulas your high school physics teacher taught you -- and it gives the ground crews the element of surprise.

Pilots clock the speeders and then verbally guide their grounded teammates to the violators.

"The funny ones are the ones when they say they have to go to the bathroom even though they passed three or four exits back behind them that all have rest stops at them," said Amlong.

Drivers in the enforcement zones are given a warning that they're being watched. But not seeing a squad car on the side of the road means some don't bother slowing down.

"Today we've been doing the detail for what an hour and ten minutes and I think we've had six or eight traffic stops already," said Amlong.

The crews were out in Kenosha from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday. They do rotate the aerial enforcement around different parts of the state.


  • Tyler

    36 rapes, 105 robberies, 707 burglaries, 132 assaults in Kenosha in 2012…… No, yeah, let’s focus on catching speeders.

  • Karen

    The cost of running a plane, and taking the tickets to court, aren’t even worth it! We LOSE money doing it like this!

  • Matt

    Tyler, how do you think most wanted persons are found and apprehended? A simple traffic stop for even minor equipment violations. Come on people, get a clue.

    • Tyler

      They wouldn’t be “wanted” in the first place if these resources were used to prevent the crimes and catch people in the act. I’d rather have this plane fly over our neighborhoods looking for real criminals and not simple speeders.

  • snap

    Cost of fuel for air plane: $500
    Cost of fuel for Police Car: $75
    Cost of pilot for the day: $350
    Cost of Police Officer for the day: $300
    Cost of Ticket Written: $250

    You do the math……

    Cost of someone who thought of this plan: Priceless……


    Stopping speeders has been proven to affect little to nothing of the road deaths per year… Please just get a real job you pigs, society would do just perfectly fine without you.

  • damon

    Every morning I watch the news and every morning I hear there are shootings on the north side. Hmm mumm why don’t police spend time looking for these killers and less about people going 5 miles an hour faster on the hwy?

    • snap

      Because real police work is HARD and CONFUSING… so police rather just sit and look at the speed gun or do the simple math that they learn in high school to calculate the speed of the speeder. On the plus side.. they are almost guarantee to go home unstressed and relaxed after a hard days of writing ticket to help the county budget and meet quotas…

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