Careless or speeding drivers tend to slow down when they see a marked cruiser, but the La Vista Police Department now has a better way to catch them in the act.
Is that just a sporty Charger or an unmarked police car driving down the street? It depends on how you look at it.
“It depends on the angle,” says La Vista Police Sgt. Bryan Waugh. “There are certain angles where those graphics are going to blend into the black paint and as the sun, whatever angle it’s hitting, will illuminate and show the graphics.”
The new $32,000 cruiser has markings that only appear in direct light, too late for most bad drivers. “We're going to be out there in this vehicle to locate aggressive driving behavior, erratic driving behavior, road rage.”
The idea is to keep those drivers in the dark and catch them in the act. At night, it looks like any other car on the street, but when you shine a light on the vehicle you see the “ghost” police decals.
The officer behind the wheel will always be in uniform, but Sgt. Waugh says he's already caught a bad driver who didn't see him coming. “So I stopped her for making several improper lane changes and when I pulled her over she had mentioned that she didn't realize I was behind her.”