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Published July 03, 2013, 09:24 PM

ND highway patrol using aerial enforcement

What North Dakota drivers might not realize is that their speed is being watched from several vantage points. Ground patrol is out in force, with an extra eye in the sky helping track down offenders.

What North Dakota drivers might not realize is that their speed is being watched from several vantage points. Ground patrol is out in force, with an extra eye in the sky helping track down offenders.

Troopers flying up high can radio their comrades down below with clocked speeding times. Shannon Henke is a licensed pilot and state trooper with a great overview of interstate. He lets troopers on the ground know which vehicles to pull over and for what.

Henke: "There are people that when we stop them are surprised, we try and give as much of a detailed explanation to them, so that they know what it is that they're being stopped for, and that it was for an aircraft violation, or an aircraft has been watching them... a lot of people don't understand how we can clock their speed from the air, but it's not actually by radar, it's by stop watch, like I said time and distance."

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has two pilots in the department right now. They will be patrolling again from the sky after the fourth. The patrol plane is used all over the state including in Minot, Grand Forks and Fargo.

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