Collier Sheriff buys "ghost" cars

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Collier Sheriff buys "ghost" cars

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED Mar 6, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. - Driver's beware, the Collier County Sheriff's Office is employing a new toll in its efforts to catch traffic violators.

CCSO is rolling out "ghost" cars.  The cruisers are designed to blend in with the vehicles already out on the road.

“These are marked cars but the marking is subdued,” said Lt. Mike Dolan, who heads up CCSO’s Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau. “It gives us the ability to observe driving behaviors as they are happening naturally.”

They are among four newly marked CCSO vehicles designed to enhance traffic safety. A half patrol car, half taxicab Is being used to promote an anti-DUI message.

Three of the vehicles are marked with subdued “ghost”-style striping, allowing them to go virtually unnoticed in traffic. Until, that is, when light hits the lettering and illuminates it.

In addition to the understated striping, the light bar on top of each of the ghost vehicles hugs the roofline, which means that when they are not activated they are more difficult to see than those that are mounted on a standard patrol car.

The subtle markings help deputies observe driving patterns without being noticed. The result will be an increased ability to catch aggressive drivers, speeders and impaired drivers.