Devon and Cornwall Police deploy DJI drones to ensure road safety
The drone unit of the Devon and Cornwall Police department has begun using DJI craft to combat dangerous driving in what they call the first use of UAVs for road safety enforcement in England or Wales.
Devon and Cornwall Police are using their DJI Matrice 300 drones to monitor car and motorcycle traffic along stretches of roads known for high speed or otherwise dangerous driving. The UAVs are described as permitting officers to spot offenders from up to four miles away. They are used in tandem with ground patrols that – once alerted to approaching vehicles – use calibrated laser cameras to determine the degree of excess speeding.
Police officials involved in the campaign say that in addition to the drone tech capturing different data that can be used as evidence if charges are pressed, the mix of aerial video and overlayed metrics allows intervening officers to cut through the usual driver claims of innocence.
“(The) camera doesn’t lie,”…