Monday, July 07, 2014

Air troopers give State Patrol a view from 1,500 feet

At 1,500 feet in the air, Colorado State Patrol pilot Ryan Carlson can spot a lot of dangerous drivers on the state's highways.

Carlson, a sworn trooper, is one of five pilots in the State Patrol's aircraft section, and a big part of his job is speed enforcement - from the air.

He sees a lot of speeders, tailgaters and weavers during his daily traffic operations.

"I look for anything that just shocks my conscience," he said while gliding above Pikes Peak International Raceway in a single-engine Cessna 182.

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