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New GPS System Could Cut Down on Police Chases

THE IOWA STATE PATROL HAS BOUGHT A GPS SYSTEM THAT SHOULD CUT DOWN ON POLICE CHASES BY ALLOWING TROOPERS TO TRACK A SUSPECT VEHICLE.

ONLY ONE STATE PATROL CAR IS EQUIPPED WITH THE STARCHASE SYSTEM BUT MORE COULD BE COMING.

SGT. SCOTT BRIGHT SAYS THE SYSTEM IS A NEW TECHNOLOGY ``THAT'S GOING TO PROTECT A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE SOMEBODY'S INNOCENT LIFE BECAUSE OF PURSUIT.''

THE TROOPER PUSHES A BUTTON TO LAUNCH A GPS TRACKING PROJECTILE FROM THE PATROL VEHICLE'S GRILLE. THE PROJECTILE STICKS TO THE FLEEING VEHICLE, ALLOWING THE TROOPER TO BACK OFF. WHEN THE FLEEING VEHICLE SLOWS OR STOPS, TROOPERS CAN CLOSE IN AND MAKE AN ARREST.

 

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