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KVE Adding Airplanes To Monitor Area Roadways

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers are coming up with new ways to find speeders and drunk drivers. Some officers are leaving the roadways for the sky to catch those breaking the law.

In a few months, when someone speeds on a Kentucky highway, they could be caught from above.

"It'll be the eye in the sky, and people won't be expecting it," said Sgt. Kevin Henry with the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is adding airplanes to their fleet. Officers say the planes and the pilots will be equipped to catch speeders, drunk drivers, and anyone else violating traffic laws.

"A lot of people won't be expecting it to be up there as they do with the marked units and radar areas, they're always looking for the cars," said Sgt. Henry.

Driver Joy Hall was surprised at first, but after the shock, she thinks it's a good idea. She says she lost her brother, his wife, and their only child after a drunk driver hit them 29 years ago. She doesn't want anyone to suffer the same loss.

"This day and time, they can do about anything and if that's what it takes to get everything slowed down around here, that's what it takes," Hall said.

Officers say the pilot will fly above area highways and when they find a driver breaking the law, he will notify a nearby officer on the road, who will then pull them over.

"Oh yes, it will surprise a lot of people, I'd say, especially whey they find out it was an airplane that got them," Hall said.

"It'll get the point across and they'll get in the back of their minds all the time they may be observed speeding," Sgt. Henry said.

KVE officers say that's the goal of planes monitoring the highways, to get drivers to slow down and obey the law, and hopefully save lives in the process.

KVE officers also say the planes can be used in search and rescue efforts across the state. Pilots expect to start monitoring the roads in the spring.


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