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City begins air patrol to curb highway violations

MOTORISTS should mind their behavior when driving on highways as police helicopters may be watching you.

Shanghai police have begun air patrol over three main highways in the city, providing quicker solutions to congestions and hazards on the highways, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said yesterday.

Helicopter patrol starts every day from 7:30am to 9:30am and from 3:30pm to 5:30pm over the Shanghai section of Highway G2 linking Shanghai with Beijing, G60 linking Shanghai with Kunming, and G15 linking Shenyang and Haikou, the bureau added.

The move is aimed at reporting real-time traffic conditions to the public and capturing rule-breaking drivers as early as possibly, police said.

The air patrol should be able to deter highway traffic violations, such as speeding, driving on the wrong lane, hiding the car plate, and illegal parking.

With an advanced digital camera and transmission system, the helicopter is able to shoot images as far as 1,800 meters away and identify plate numbers clearly, police said.

Many drivers try to behavior when they are aware of digital cameras in the vicinity but would speed up past the limit once they are out of the zone. The air patrol can reduced the problem, the police said.

Since late March, air patrols have been carried out over the city's main streets and highways during rush hours.


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