Bet your life they must catch bad guys
THERE will soon be two new cars to look out for when you’re driving, with the arrival of BMW and Chrysler highway patrol cars. Anything that keeps dodgy drivers guessing is a good thing in my book.
We’ve had budget-priced, world-class performance sedans for almost 50 years, so replacing these cars was never going to be easy.
Police assessed 17 vehicles over the past three years so the highway patrol fleet didn’t grind to a halt once Falcons and Commodores reached their retirement age.
While much of the emphasis is on performance, bigger brakes are actually a highway patrol officer’s best friend, given the demands of getting to urgent life-threatening jobs.
Both these cars have similar acceleration but better stopping power than the vehicles they replace, more technology than ever before and, in the case of the BMW, it uses half the fuel of the big V8s.
They may cost more to buy, but once running costs and resale values are calculated, police say the cost to taxpayers will be about the same.
Anyone who doesn’t understand why we need cars like this doesn’t understand the job of modern highway patrol officers. Armed with new technology their role has expanded. The cars are better able to detect vehicles driven by criminals, and they are often first to the scene of violent crimes and life-threatening incidents.
To those who say “why aren’t they out there catching real criminals?”, the reality is they are.