March 25, 2018
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Maine State Police clocking traffic with aircraft

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — With Maine’s busy tourist season in full swing, state police on the ground and in the air are busy keeping the state’s roadways safe.

As has been their practice for decades, state police are using aircraft control to watch for speeding motorists along Interstate 95 and Interstate 295, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Typically when a state police pilot clocks a driver going too fast, McCausland said they’ll radio ahead to an available trooper who will conduct a traffic stop.

The state police spokesman said in most cases, the pilots will clock speeders who are traveling well above posted speed limits. The speed limit from Portland to the New Hampshire border on I-95 is 55 miles per hour.

McCausland said he hasn’t seen any recent statistics as to how many traffic stops were conducted thanks to state police aircraft catching speeders.

He said state police plan to use the aircraft through the summer and into the fall, and motorists are advised to drive cautiously and obey posted speed limits.

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