Traffic: Somebody Up There Watching

Not satisfied to snag speeders with only prowl cars and radar traps, the Florida highway patrol has a three-plane air force. At a couple of dozen locations, Florida highways are festooned with white stripes a quarter-mile apart. Orbiting at altitudes of 800 ft. to 1,500 ft., a trooper in a Piper Cub can clock cars whizzing by below. If his stop watch says a car has raced over the quarter-mile stretch too fast (less than 12.8 sec. in a 70-m.p.h. zone), the flying cop radios a cruiser on the ground to make the...

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