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Think you can’t be caught by an alternative-fuel vehicle for speeding? The Wayne State University police have some news for you. They’re patrolling the Detroit campus with a silver Mercedes-Benz “F-Cell” fuel-cell-powered vehicle—and they’re giving out citations. The school says earlier this month, it issued the first “eco-friendly traffic stop” ticket. The stop, on June 5, gave a moving violation to a student who ran a stop sign on her way to class.

Here’s what the school’s dean of engineering, Ralph Kummler, says about the vehicle: “This glimpse of the future in alternative energy transportation is quite encouraging.”

And here’s our best guess as to what the student said: “(*$(* fuel-cell **&(*#@!!!”

The F-Cell is one of more than 100 DaimlerChrysler fuel-cell vehicles being tested around the world as the company tries to move toward a hydrogen-based transportation system.

Wayne State University's hydrogen-fueled police vehicle makes world's first eco-friendly traffic stop

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