On way higher du­ties

Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

IT has more power than any of the V8 Su­per­cars at this year’s Bathurst 1000.

It can de­tect stolen cars in mil­lisec­onds and spot speed­ing driv­ers from a kilo­me­tre away.

It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane. It’s our most tech­ni­cally ad­vanced po­lice car.

The NSW high­way pa­trol has taken de­liv­ery of one of the last Ford Fal­con GT sedans. A one-off, it has a su­per­charged V8 tuned by rac­ing legend Dick John­son to almost twice the out­put of a stan­dard Fal­con GT.

The high-power, hi-tech po­lice car was funded by the NSW Cen­tre for Road Safety and joins an HSV GTS and an ear­lier Ford Fal­con GT on pa­trol for hoon driv­ers.

Un­veiled at the launch of the long week­end dou­ble de­mer­its safety cam­paign, it will make its of­fi­cial de­but in the spec­ta­tor ar­eas of the Bathurst 1000 race.

De­spite bristling with the lat­est tech to catch high-speed crooks and banned driv­ers, the Fal­con will spend most of its time parked at shows and com­mu­nity events. “It’s about talk­ing to car en­thu­si­asts on their level and hav­ing them un­der­stand the tech­nol­ogy we have avail­able,” says NSW Po­lice traf­fic boss John Hart­ley.

“The vast majority of mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts are safe driv­ers who do the right thing … but once more peo­ple re­alise how much tech­nol­ogy we have to de­tect dan­ger­ous driv­ers, hope­fully they’ll be less in­clined to break the law.”

In the past five years, num­ber­plate cam­eras on the 400 NSW high­way pa­trol have de­tected 141,000 un­reg­is­tered cars, 20,000 un­li­censed driv­ers, 5600 wanted crim­i­nals and led to book­ings for 47,000 other driv­ing of­fences.

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