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Safe Roads Now: NSP Airplane Traffic Enforcement

Posted: 5:20 PM, Jan 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-03 23:20:48Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Almost every day, someone may speed by you while you're running errands, taking your kids to school, or heading home from work. One law enforcement agency wants you to know they're watching out for speeders even if you don't see a cruiser around.

At least once a week, the Nebraska State Patrol Aviation Support Division flies over the interstates and highways in the metro and radios to a handful of troopers below about people they catch speeding. This week their aircraft patrolled I-680 near Fort Street.

They usually catch 2 or 3 people going 100 miles per hour and several traveling 90mph using stop watches over a quarter or half mile stretch.

Pilot Jeremy Strack says they look for aggressive drivers speeding, following too closely, and making aggressive lane changes.

"When people are driving down the road they see a police officer they're going to slow down. We're catching people how they would drive normally when they don't think they're being observed by law enforcement so we're observing somebody's natural driving behavior," Trooper Strack explained.

"When people are driving down the road they see a police officer they're going to slow down. We're catching people how they would drive normally when they don't think they're being observed by law enforcement so we're observing somebody's natural driving behavior," Trooper Strack explained.

Troopers say during an average two-hour enforcement they can stop 30-40 vehicles and on a busy day up to 100.

When the NSP Aviation Support Division isn't catching speeders they use the planes for surveillance, search and rescue, and tracking down criminals.