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Can Air Power Help Reduce Deadly Police Chases?

Posted September 14, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Fictional high-speed chases may be fun to watch on TV or in movies, but the real thing can be deadly for innocent people who happen to be in the way when speeding drivers are fleeing police. To reduce deaths and injuries caused by high-speed chases, the city of Milwaukee, WI, has restricted their use by police. To prevent criminals from getting away as a result, the city plans to equip police cars with pneumatically powered devices that track fleeing vehicles. A video produced by the manufacturer shows how the concept works.


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09/14/2015 10:01 AM

Love it....

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09/14/2015 10:12 AM

Great idea. And if they can stick one of those sticky darts to the backside of the Perp, even better!

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09/14/2015 12:07 PM

What's to keep the perp from stopping and sticking it to another car?

It's a good concept.

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09/14/2015 1:05 PM

I assume it's good really, really good glue to stick on contact and not bounce off. If the Perp stops and tries to pull it off, all the better for the police to catch him. His best bet would be to find a parking garage somewhere to shield the RF and GPS signals.

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09/15/2015 8:24 AM

I would think that any perp would be more interested in just fleeing the scene. "Out of sight, out of mind" comes to my mind. Would take some kind of cool cucumber to stop in the middle of a chase-no matter how far back the chaser is- to check of something sticking to his vehicle.

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09/14/2015 2:14 PM

Anything that would prevent the routine passage through an intersection from turning into a tragedy has my vote. The police would have the chance to gather the swat team which, based on the news lately, are required for even a routine traffic stop.

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09/14/2015 5:16 PM

I've tongue-in-cheekedly envisioned a whaling harpoon being shot from a helicopter through the engine block and into the asphalt should stop a speeding vehicle rather abruptly (ha,ha)!

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09/14/2015 10:44 PM

Couple of .50 Cal rounds would be just as effective, cheaper and the equipment already exists with Vets that know how to use it.

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09/15/2015 7:03 PM

"envisioned a whaling harpoon"

There's nothing new.....

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09/16/2015 11:07 AM

I don't know if that's such a good idea, then you have a bunch of baby cars to contend with...

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09/15/2015 12:25 AM

Something funny in that first link:

'..The new devices could be effective in apprehending criminals who exploit the pursuit policy by tinting the windows of stolen or rented cars to prevent police from seeing inside and then speeding away,...'

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Are car thieves really taking the time to tint windows of their stoles cars....and then going back out to flaunt their loot/taunt the police?

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09/15/2015 12:18 PM

"They have a track record, it seems, of buying the hardware first and then thinking about the policy," Ahmuty said. "(They should) think about the policy and how you're going to actually use it, and then see if the hardware does what you want it do, rather than the other way around."

Doesn't everyone define their requirements first???

Looks like a good idea, but I'd like to see the data on getting the thing to stick on dirty surfaces, different impact angles, damage to human tissue from ricochets or outright misses.

What if the perp removes the device? Have it ooze some kind of permanent ink made of poison ivy once it impacts the target.

Maybe I missed it in the article, but are these intended to be reusable or single-use items?

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