Speeders, beware: That innocent-looking Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Fusion or SUV you’re about to blow past just might be the law.
In their effort to reduce speeding — a factor in nearly one-third of all highway deaths — state and local police agencies around the USA increasingly are using unmarked patrol cars, sports cars and even “ghost” cruisers with obscured markings. Police also use the stealth vehicles to combat distracted and aggressive driving.
“This is not about being sneaky,” says Fargo, N.D., Police Chief Keith Ternes, whose department recently began using unmarked vehicles to catch speeders. “This is about trying to change people's habits and having them pay attention to their driving even when they don't think a police officer is watching.”
Police say the move to more surreptitious patrol cars is necessary because some of the nation’s worst, habitual speeders constantly spot marked cars in time to avoid hefty fines that could change their behavior.