Police in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, took to the skies last week to catch speeders on the ground.
In a news release, the police said its traffic safety division joined forces with its aviation unit for a speed control operation on Maryland Route 10, a 7-mile expressway that runs from Pasadena to near Glen Burnie.
Overall, within a two and a half-hour period on Friday afternoon, authorities made 19 stops, issued 24 citations and gave five warnings, for what they called “egregious speed violations.”
One of the department’s helicopters hovering above the road relayed information they captured on speeders to both marked and unmarked police cars on the ground, who made the stops.
From the sky, the aviation unit managed to observe multiple speeders going over 100 mph, including a Ford Mustang going 169 mph, police said.
Most of the stops were for drivers going more than 30 mph over the speed limit, a police spokesman told WTOP.
The posted speed limit on Route 10 is 55 mph.
The fine for going 40 mph over the speed limit is $530. Drivers can also be fined for reckless driving and negligent driving.
The department said additional traffic enforcement operations will be conducted on various county roadways. Their stated focus is to stop speeding, as well as aggressive and distracted driving.