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October 22, 2014

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Arizona employing air support to spot speeders this weekend on U.S. 93

Motorists headed to Arizona may spot some aerial surveillance through their moonroofs over the holiday weekend.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is planning to use a plane to capture speeding drivers on U.S. 93, which connects Las Vegas to Phoenix, during the Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend, according to an agency press release.

The operation is part of the Air Support Assisting Patrol team at the department, which uses a fixed-wing Cessna aircraft to patrol over stretches of Arizona’s highways with a two-man crew of a pilot and a spotter.

Once they spot a speeding or reckless driver, the crew radios highway patrol ground units with the location of the vehicle.

During previous aerial patrols, officials say, officers have caught drivers speeding in excess of 135 mph on U.S. 93, where the speed limit is 65 mph.

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