|Published:||May 22, 2013 1:18 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 22, 2013 2:16 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Fort Myers Police Department is adding a new, state of the art traffic enforcement tool to their fleet. The GMC Tahoe truck is an unmarked vehicle fully equipped with the latest technology to catch impaired drivers faster.
The truck has an intoxilyzer on board, used for roadside breath testing. Capt. Jim Mulligan said having this device on board saves officers time, allowing them to process DUI arrests at least 20 minutes faster. That way, he said, they can get back on the roads sooner, and catch more impaired drivers.
The FMPD was able to purchase the vehicle with grant money provided by the Florida Department of Transportation's Impaired Driving Countermeasures Program. Program's manager Pete Cohen said Fort Myers is traditionally an active participant in the eradication of impaired drivers from Southwest Florida's roadways, and the two agencies have a great working relationship. He said the Fort Myers PD was a perfect fit to add a mobile intoxilyzer unit to help catch even more impaired drivers, and prevent more driving crashes and fatalities.
By being covert and unmarked, the truck blends in to traffic,
"We all know people look for police cars after they've been out for a night of partying they want to take the side roads," said Cohen. "This helps the officers blend in to the area, blend in to the environment, and find these offenders that are recklessly taking lives on the roadways."
Fort Myers is the second jurisdiction in the state behind Miami-Dade County to add this type of vehicle to its fleet.