Keep an eye in the sky for a Louisiana State Police plane

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 8:07am

Slow down when you see a plane in the sky, because there's a good chance that it is one of the planes that the Louisiana State Police use to catch drivers breaking the law.

According to LSP's Matt Harris, they use the aircraft details to catch speeders. But that's not the only type of dangerous driving that can be seen from the sky. They also observe following too close, improper lane usage, and other moving violations that can lead to crashed on the freeway.

They chose a long stretch of Interstate 20, just inside the eastern edge of Bossier Parish, because it is one of the places where people tend to speed and drive dangerously.

In 2011, there were 1790 accidents in Bossier Parish that caused injuries, and 11 deadly accidents. LSP is working hard to make sure those numbers are lower this year.

While a detail of this type sounds really expensive, Harris assures that it is not as expensive as it seems, and they are budget for.

Regardless of the cost, some people in the Ark-La-Tex think that the extra security is worth the money.

In just one hour and only 3 troopers, 8 tickets for speeding and one for a seat belt violation were issued during this air detail.

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