Phoenix Cops Go Undercover; Dressing as Grounds Crew to Catch Speeders at Sky Harbor Airport
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The shortcut goes directly through Sky Harbor International Airport and allows you to bypass the parking lot that I-10 becomes between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times the cops are hip to the shortcut and that police have come up with a sneaky method of busting speeders: dress officers up as grounds crew and arm them with radar guns.
"There's no law against [the shortcut]," he says. "But we've got people using the airport as a freeway...they've got to slow down."
The disguised officers monitor the roads leading into the airport. When they see someone speeding, they call to another officer waiting down the road in a police cruiser to issue the ticket.
Not exactly the most glamorous undercover assignment for a cop but it's certainly sneaky.
Thompson says that yesterday they busted a guy doin' 73 MPH through the airport. He says the department will probably continue to use this method.
So, if you're speeding through the airport, keep your eyes peeled for a baggage handler with a radar gun.