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Old 04-19-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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In my and neighboring towns I noticed that the local police are now using unmarked/marked cars for traffic enforcement. They are usually plain black cars (Ford Crown Vic, Dodge Charger, Chevy Impala) but have dark reflective markings which by light identifies them as police cars. Is anyone else noticing the "phantom" cars in their area?
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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My city police department has been using unmarked cars for years and years for traffic enforcement.

We've got Chargers, Camaros, F-150's, Silverado SS, Impalas, Vics......I think that's it. I can't remember.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Yeah, I've been seeing them for decades. So many times that whenever my brain recognizes the distinctive profile of a Crown Vic, Impala, or Charger, I instinctively let off the gas and press the brake until I'm close enough to be sure it isn't an unmarked car. Then I go back up to my customary 10 miles over the limit.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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Unmarked cars have been used for all manner of LE needs since there have been LE vehicles.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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Unmarked cars have been used for all manner of LE needs since there have been LE vehicles.
Absolutely true. The big difference today is that LED emergency lights and "stealth" radio antennas have made identifying an unmarked law enforcement vehicle impossible--until those lights come on. Most states issue "government" or special law enforcement license plates to marked police vehicles, but many jurisdictions plate their unmarked police vehicles with "civilian" license plates, as well.

Another trend (for both cost and utility purposes) is that a lot of rural law enforcement agencies, especially in the Western states, are using 1/2 ton crew-cab 4WD pickups for patrol vehicles.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Our Sheriff's Department (main law enforcement in the County) now have marked cars, the color scheme, with the lights inside. The MD State Police are transitioning to those also.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Around here you better watch for an all black 3/4 ton chevy crew cab 4X4 with oversized tires. I've seen that truck several times with lights flashing between where I live and the DE border.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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I do notice a lot of late model Ford Explorer and Chevy Tahoe (marked AND unmarked) vehicles pulling cars over. Also more "Phantom" Ford Taurus cars racing down the highway.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:55 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I do notice a lot of late model Ford Explorer and Chevy Tahoe (marked AND unmarked) vehicles pulling cars over. Also more "Phantom" Ford Taurus cars racing down the highway.

The police are no different than civilians, they "think" they need 4WD.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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The police are no different than civilians, they "think" they need 4WD.
Where did it state they are 4wd?
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