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Stealth cruisers too tame for aggressive drivers' good


State troopers will man two of the cars in the Jacksonville area to curb driving gripes.


By DANA TREEN
The Times-Union
Speed-shifting, bumper-drafting, lane-changing, thrill-seeking drivers whose highway stunts put others in danger just became the target of a new stable of covert Florida Highway Patrol cruisers.

Two of the 18 specially equipped Mercury Marauders going in use statewide are deployed in Jacksonville, where troopers will search for aggressive drivers using stealth and high-definition digital video cameras to target, record and ticket violators.

"We get more complaints about people driving aggressively than any other thing," Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said. "Last year we issued almost 9,000 citations for aggressive driving statewide."

The cars, with emergency lights hidden behind grills, nondescript license plates and chrome rims, will look as much like a family sedan as a family sedan, Leeper said.


Fancy equipment hides behind modest frame
An anonymous corporate donor paid for 18 such cars for the state.

Cost: $40,000

Top speed: 150 mph

Number: 18 in state, two in Jacksonville-based Troop G

Aggressive driving tickets: nearly 9,000 last year
WILL DICKEY/The Times-Union


Aggressive drivers who naturally are watching for marked cars could be surprised.

"That car they just cut off might be a trooper," Leeper said.

Aggressive drivers are classified as those who commit a combination of two or more violations such as speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, passing in emergency lanes, and flashing headlights to move traffic.

When a special "driving aggressively" box on the traffic citation form is checked by the trooper, a judge hearing the case will be able to impose a $500 fine for the violation, Leeper said.

Leeper said the corporate donor who gave the Mercurys to the state has asked to remain anonymous. Fully equipped for the new purpose, the cars cost about $40,000 each and will reach 150 mph, he said.

The two cars in the Jacksonville-based Highway Patrol district in Northeast Florida will be stationed with the troop permanently. Troopers who have shown an interest in stopping aggressive drivers were assigned to the cars that primarily will patrol interstate highways.

To boost the strength of evidence against a driver, the cruisers are equipped with digital recorders to capture the driver's actions prior to being stopped, Leeper said.
 

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"Aggressive drivers are classified as those who commit a combination of two or more violations such as speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, passing in emergency lanes, and flashing headlights to move traffic.

When a special "driving aggressively" box on the traffic citation form is checked by the trooper, a judge hearing the case will be able to impose a $500 fine for the violation, Leeper said."

Sheesh, if that's their definition of "aggressive driving" and worth a $500 fine, guess I'd better stay the hell out of Fla.! Aside from "passing in emergency lanes" that's standard operating procedure for most urban highway driving. If you can't flash headlights to "move traffic" how are you supposed to wake up the left lane Louies in their Buicks?

Wanna take a stab at who donated these "sleeper" cars to the cops? AARP maybe? :rofl:
 

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I know Ford is having trouble unloading Marauders. From what I understand, they have discontinued them for next year. I wouldn't be surprised if Ford was the anonymous corporate doner. They get a tax write off for cars they can't sell and free publicity. By staying anonymous they don't piss off consumers.

Bill
 
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