• Jul 30, 2008

Back in May we told you about the Indiana state police purchasing 18 black Mustang GTs that would be used for traffic patrol. The Mustangs are completely unmarked and only have a light bar inside the top of the windshield to distinguish them as law enforcement vehicles. They are apparently serving their purpose, as evidenced by the 4,600+ tickets written in June by officers driving the Mustangs. One of the citations even included a 1989 Corvette that was clocked at 127 mph, more than twice the speed limit. Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

[Source: Indy Star]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Indiana Mustang patrol cars nab 4,600 ordinary people trying to get to work on time, trying to get home from work, trying to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time. Indian Mustang patrol cars add hundreds of thousands more to state coffers. Indiana Mustang patrol cars impose blatant tax on private citizens. Indiana Mustang patrol cars allow cops to be even more idiotic drivers than usual. Indian Mustang patrol cars allow officers to enforce law that 90 percent of people vote against every day with their right foot...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Indiana, and I LIKE to drive fast, I just don't. I save it up for a track day. Everyone around Indianapolis goes 15+ over the 55 speed limit all day long, just like every other big city.

      sarcasm/ When a black mustang tails you in your 1989 Corvette you are Supposed to floor it, to prove you are superior. /sarcasm

      I guess there are enough people here in Indiana that don't follow automotive news, and get caught chasing/racing black mustangs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      4600 in a one month indicative of two problems, 1) 55 speed limit is useless and 2) most drivers are not following road signs. Both of these things are major issues in almost all states. I understand there is a lot of money in short term from writing so many violations but how does this solve the major problems (incompetent drivers and antiquated speed limits)? I am no traffic engineer or politician but I understand people need their cars in this country and without cars the economy would basically come to halt. Personally, I hate the fact what the whole traffic judicial system has become from the town's district attorney, cops, drivers, and lawyers everyone wants a piece of everyday Joe's salary. They have setup a system that entraps speeders, thens criminalizes them but the irony of it is that you can get away by paying you way out and never learning anything from it. Why not make the motor licensing process more rigorous not something that anyone can do in 15 minutes? Like almost all developed countries (esp. Germany and Japan) car licenses are require some serious training and road knowledge. Also, if everyone is more knowledge and has more practice before they get on the road speed limits can increased safely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @MK
        That is a great sentiment, but realistically, the police need to be paid, and if ticket and fine revenues are removed from consideration, that money has to come from somewhere. Of course, that would be from us via taxes. Given both undesirable options, I think I prefer the one I have control over (ie, if I don't speed, and follow the rules of the road, I don't pay fines. Taxes are not optional.)
        If fines have to be paid either way, I prefer that they be used to keep my taxes a little lower.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hear hear. I'd also like to point out that I've never been hit by a speeder, but I have been hit by someone not using a signal, and I have been hit by people not paying attention. If they really wanted to keep the roads safe that's what they'd be doing.

        It also really pisses me off that tickets just go to the police dept, and they generate their own revenue. Your ticket doesn't go towards improving the roads, or anything worthwhile, it just pays for fancier squadcars with v8s, gasoline, and SUVs for meter maids.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm betting the officer in the Mustang actually raced the Corvette, waiting until the poor guy let off the throttle to turn on the lights.

      Entrapment? Nope, no different than an ordinary Sting operation. (Still very dick though)
      • 6 Years Ago
      They're crooks, I'm sorry, but they are. If you are a cop driving an unmarked police car for purpose of busting a speeder, then you are a crook. Simple.

      If they want to deal with speeders, then ought to put a marked police car every few miles, people will see them and slow down.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the problem is, they don't want people to slow down, they want to make their revenue speeding tickets *cough* illegal taxes *cough*
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are some great driving roads near my girlfriend's parent's home, but there are also Subaru Imprezas driven by the traffic police lol.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Seminole @ Jul 30th 2008 10:05AM
      "I wonder if the cops wrote themselves tickets for that illegal tint job..." If you're a cop, Seminole, you can get away with anything you want. For years, the Utah highway patrol ran their patrol cars WITHOUT catalytic converters. They took them off for the increased performance, and when one of our investigative reporters did a story on it (I worked at a Salt Lake City TV station), his report went over like a lead balloon with the force(!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      4600 tickets at ~$200 each comes out to almost a million dollars.

      18 GTs probably cost them $450,000. Salary expenses for the officers driving them + gas, etc. is probably around $150,000. That comes to $600,000.

      That's about $350,000 profit the first month and $800,000 profit each month after that. That would come out to over $9 million per year assuming my numbers are close. Where does all that money go?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons.... :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nearby Chicago's 290 is limited to 55. I do 120 every other day there when it's empty and I'm not endangering anyone. If I ever get caught doing double the limit by one of these I'm simply leaving the country. I'm not overreacting, I've been craving for the excuse to leave without paying tickets for years while in school.

      Revenue generation is hysterical. The only time I've ever been caught "speeding" is on an empty industrial neighborhood 4 lane avenue with a speed limit of 25 by an unmarked cop hiding behind a tree. In court I'm not a poor student with a used car, but I'm a white guy in a BMW, so they took $200 from me while going easy on all the uneducated and unemployed losers (literally, as overheard in court) who were let off because their lives are too tough and they needed a break.

      To hell with any country where traffic cops can't be bribed.

      I'm glad some of the comments mention that 120 isn't that fast. I'm more alert at that speed than I am at 40. I'm not being unreasonable, I think 130-140 is pushing it on road tires, I know the limits of me and my car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey A-Hole,

        The Eisenhower is never really empty. There's traffic at 2am.

        Here's to hoping a large truck cuts you off while your going 120. You won't have to flee the country, you'll just make the short trip from getting cut out of your car to the University of Chicago's intensive care unit, to the morgue.

        We might even see about you on the morning news.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While the majority here feel that it is ok the exceed the speed limit because they are capable of driving at those speeds. I would say that they represent only about 10% of the total drivers on the roads. The rest are knuckleheads who have no clue what they're doing.

      That's the reason that speed limits need to be inforced. It's due to the disparity between not only speeds but also skill levels of the drivers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not sure Ford & state of Indiana were entirely truthful to AutoBlog on this story. Indiana may have bought some black 'Stangs, but they also bought several other colors too, grey and blue for example.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many of the 4600 are a result of entrapment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wonder how many "inattentive driving" or "failure to signal" or "deviating from lane" tickets they wrote.

        My guess is zero.

        So much for keeping the roads safe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wonder if the cops wrote themselves tickets for that illegal tint job...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Entrapment? For speeding? So, are you accusing the officers of pulling up next to someone, and asking them if they would like to speed?

        Granted, if they are going out of their way to 'challenge' someone, it is not very nice of them, but it's the other idiot's fault for being so easily duped.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Entrapment? They forced the other people to speed?

        Even if they challenged them to race its not entrapment.
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