Help From Above

VERMILLION CO., IN - Indiana State Police are finding that assistance from above is helping them keep roadways safe.

VASCAR technology is used by a pilot to catch speeders. Then, the pilot communicates to troopers on the ground who issue the tickets.

VASCAR stands for visual average speed computer and recorder. Basically the pilot is looking at a two to three mile stretch of road where measuring lines are painted so they can determine the drivers' average speed.

State police say this gives the driver the benefit of the doubt because it isn't their peak speed, but how fast they've been traveling. This isn't new technology, but law enforcement is using it to ramp up efforts to keep roadways safe.

"We've obtained a couple of new aircraft into our aviation section and we're just trying to put them to good use and this time of year they're not as busy doing other things, so and speed enforcement is alway a critical thing we do," Dan Jones, ISP Putnamville Post commander said.

ISP shares several aircraft around the state. Clay, Vigo and Sullivan counties also participate in VASCAR along US 41 and I-70.    

Every 10 days or so, troopers plan to collaborate to use VASCAR. Today around 7 trooper vehicles were available to take radio calls from the pilot.




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