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    Default Police firing GPS tracking 'bullets' at cars during chases

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57...uring-chases/#!




    Car chases are exciting, but fraught.

    One slip of the wheel, one errant pedestrian, one drunken driver, and difficult consequences may follow.

    Police in Iowa and Florida, however, seem to have taken the counsel of Q from the "Bond" movies.

    Car chases are exciting, but fraught.

    One slip of the wheel, one errant pedestrian, one drunken driver, and difficult consequences may follow.

    Police in Iowa and Florida, however, seem to have taken the counsel of Q from the "Bond" movies.

    Instead of constantly hurtling after potential madmen, they have found an entirely new method of tracking their cars.

    It's called Starchase. Essentially, it's a cannon that fires "bullets" that are sticky GPS devices.

    CBS 12 offered an example in real life of how it's done.

    Iowa state trooper Tim Sieleman seemed rather mesmerized. He told CBS 12: "If you had told me 16 years ago that I would have had a cannon on the front of my car, I wouldn't have believed it."

    The officer in the driver's seat presses one button, the grill opens, and the gun fires the bullet.

    If all goes well, the bullet, with a GPS device enclosed, sticks to the back of the car being pursued.

    Once it does, the officer can slow down, because the suspect's car will be tracked along the computer screen.

    One further advantage, of course, is that the suspect's car will likely feel the police have given up and hopefully slow down.

    This seems so blindingly intelligent -- at least until miscreants catch on -- that there can't be a drawback.

    There is one. The system costs $5,000, and each bullet sets the taxpayer back $500.

    As usual, a wise accountant and a conscientious bureaucrat will huddle together to see if it's all worth it.

    However, for the passerby, won't it be fun to see police car grills open up and bullets being shot out of them?

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    SO HOW WILL THEY MISUSE THIS ?

    GREAT SO THE CATCH THE STOLEN CAR. ARE THEY GOING TO ARREST THE CAT AN PUT THE CAR IN JAIL ? THE CRIMINALS WILL DITCH THE CAR REGARDLESS AN BE LONG GONE.

    IT SHITS ROUND LETHAL IF IT HITS A PERSON DIRECTLY .

    THE SYSTEM HAS FLAWS BUT i DO SEE SOME USES . AT LEAST THEY MIGTH GET A STOLEN CAR BACK IN ONE PIECE ????

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    $500 per pop, Thats a bit much. Wonder how that would work by me with our No shooting at a moving vehicle policy ???
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    Probably work real good on motorcyclist.

    "Shakin' it over here, boss"

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    Cheaper than a helicopter chase.
    When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America , you get a front row seat. - George Carlin


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    Cheaper than a helicopter chase.
    VERY TRUE

    I can see a lot of misuse here . taging cars that are only suspicious etc

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    How does it "stick" Most are plastic bumpers now.
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    At least it's not a drone....that would be the last straw!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBill View Post
    At least it's not a drone....that would be the last straw!!

    Now thats funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBill View Post
    At least it's not a drone....that would be the last straw!!
    Wait for it...
    "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?" -Thomas Jefferson-


    "Our rights come from our humanity and may not be legislated away -- not by a vote of Congress, not by the consensus of our neighbors, not even by agreement of all Americans but one." Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

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