Thanksgiving travel is starting to heat up, and AAA is expecting 48 million people to be traveling away from home this season.
As drivers navigate their way around this holiday, police will be watching, and not only on the ground but also in the air.
Drivers in Connecticut may have noticed signs that say “Speed Monitored by Aircraft,” and wondered what that meant.
Well, planes will literally be flying over the skies and they’ll be out over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“They'll be about 1,000 feet above and someone driving in their car on the road, won't hear the aircraft,” said CT State Trooper Tyler Weerden.
This is a tactic police have used before, but they pull the planes out for special occasions.
“December is the highest month for accidents nationwide, so those periods...and Fourth of July,” Weerden said.
Some roads have markers measuring distance. Pilots in the plane record how fast cars hit each marker.
“The co-pilot will look at the markers and see the car traveled a quarter mile in this amount of time and that clock will calculate the speed based on the distance and time,” Weerden said.
If you’re busted by the eyes in the sky, they’ll radio down to troopers on the ground.
“Last year, in less than three hours, we had 11 people arrested for reckless driving and an additional 20 citations in just three hours,” Weerden said.
Reckless driving is considered anything over 85 MPH, but you don’t have to be just speeding.
“If you're going 82, 80 and you're cutting people off and running people off the road, we can still arrest you for reckless driving,” Weerden said.
Judy Jeannin traveled to Connecticut from Quebec to spend Thanksgiving, and said it was a beautiful drive.
“The planes are flying over, people just don't think they're there, so they speed,” she said.
Jeannin got to Somers safely and said she’s happy to know someone in the sky is also watching the roads.
Troopers said patrols will be happening all over the state.
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