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McGuinty set to unveil new OPP plane to catch dangerous drivers

May 5, 2008, Toronto - Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to unveil a new plane this afternoon that the Ontario Provincial Police says will help catch speeders and dangerous drivers.


May 5, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

May 5, 2008, Toronto – Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to unveil a new
plane this afternoon that the Ontario Provincial Police says will
help catch speeders and dangerous drivers.

The province approved $2 million last August to fund a new OPP
plane with high-tech surveillance equipment to watch roads from
overhead.

The money was part of a government package targeting extreme
speeding and aggressive driving that also included putting more
provincial police officers on the roads.

OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino has been trumpeting the idea of a
police plane to monitor traffic since visiting Ohio last summer to
see how planes are used to catch dangerous drivers.

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The OPP had planes watching motorists from the skies between 1965 and 1981, but the program was discounted for a number of reasons,
including cost.

The force has been conducting traffic air surveillance in the
Greater Toronto Area with a rented plane since the end of August.