Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, a plane, the fuzz!

Yes Virginia drivers, Smokey is back in the air. Virginia police are expanding aerial enforcement of traffic laws after a multi-year lull.

And while we all can agree that aggressive drivers should get tickets, they cause the most accidents and give us all rashes of road rage, how do you feel about an eye in the sky?

Would flying cops be the newest red light cameras? Or more akin to DC MPD CCTV and neighbourhood spy cams?

They are engaging in generic surveillance of the general public, indiscriminately check out your driving habits. Yet, as the Wash Post article points out, they can catch crazy drivers better than land-based police.

And no word yet if they will be looking for Dulles Tool Road toll dodgers too.

5 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    When I was a kid and sign the aerial enforcement signs, I always imagined they had a A-10s patrolling the skies, machinegunning the violators…

  2. gus (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Between cops in the sky and now speeding cameras in rockville, I can’t take this city anymore. I know they want to force us all on busses and trains, but this is crazy!

  3. chimprage (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    I always thought those signs were the equivalent of having the ADT sign in the front lawn. It scares people, but ya really dont have anything else backing it up. Guess i was wrong. Crap.

  4. Maria Lopez (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    check out this car message sign drivemocion

    the you tube video =


  5. sa-ra (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    after multiple accidents, with all but one minor one at my fault, i am happy to hear about enhanced traffic laws’ enforcement.


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