RCMP and police officers are some pretty creative people when it comes to catching drivers breaking the law. One of the latest tactics involves getting a bird's eye view. Alberta RCMP are using helicopters to catch people speeding. I guess someone is always watching you.
According to the Calgary Sun, RCMP officers in Alberta are literally using helicopters as a tool to catch people speeding on highways.
These aircrafts are armed with engineer-certified stopwatches that record vehicle speeds using specifically placed lines on the highway. When a car is going too fast, the pilots will then relay the information to an officer on the ground who will make the traffic stop.
Sgt. Dave Hardy told the Calgary Sun that while aircrafts will be used to catch speeders, officers will often catch impaired drivers and make criminal arrests once the car has stopped.
Hardy stated that 1,965 charges of speeding were made in 2018 during aircraft patrols. While aircraft monitoring in Alberta was discontinued in the 80s, it was reintroduced in 2009 on the Trans-Canada Highway and over Highway 63 in 2012.
According to the Calgary Sun, Highway 63, Highway 1a, Queen Elizabeth II Highway and the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff are all monitored from the air. Hardy stated that the most monitored area was the Trans-Canada in and around Banff.
Alberta city Calgary also recently announced a new $400 fine for speeding bikers on the city's pathways, with uniformed officers out seven days a week patrolling.
This is not the first time RCMP and police have gone above and beyond to catch drivers breaking the law. Police in Vancouver were recently caught riding public buses in order to catch distracted drivers.
Sometimes the police didn’t even need to be there to slow down drivers! In the Okanagan, RCMP officers used cardboard cutouts of themselves to slow down drivers in busy areas including school zones!
Apparently, tactics like this are needed as people will speed no matter the occasion. One Coquitlam driver was even recently caught going 117 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. The person claimed they needed to speed home to catch the Game of Thrones finale!
Moral of the story is that you never know when there is a cop around. So maybe just slow down when you're driving.