High-speed chases will be a thing of the past in Los Angeles, where the technique hasn’t done much to slow down criminals, Mr. Simpson excepted. The city’s police chief, former NYC top cop William Bratton, said his agency is going to use a new weapon to keep tabs on speeding criminals — sticky darts impregnated with GPS sensors that can be used to track getaway cars to safer places for arrests. The new StarChase system, the AP reports, will be outfitted to a handful of cars in a test of the system, which uses compressed-air launchers to fire the GPS darts. And as to why L.A. had more than 600 pursuits last year? “There are a lot of nuts here,” the AP quotes Bratton.
February 8, 2006
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