It was in March that the first ever airborne speed detection system became operational, the infamous Pegasus. Since which time the helicopter based system has caught many a motorist off guard, capable of snapping speeding vehicles up to a kilometre away.

Initially, the dgt traffic department installed Pegasus on just 1 of their 19 helicopters, with a super powerful zoom, that can target and photograph vehicles travelling at any speed up to 360 kilometres per hour. Now, with an investment of over a million euro, there will be more eyes in the sky in time for Christmas.

Another 4 helicopters will now be fitted with radar cameras capable of measuring vehicle speeds from the air, at a cost of around 640,000 euro, as well as also acquiring an MX15 radar camera, at a cost of just over EUR 605,000.

These new devices will be in the air in time for one of the biggest road movement operations outside of summer, the Christmas and New Year period. The dgt say that they intend to use the aircraft during these special operations, when they will monitor sections with high accident rates in particular.

The effectiveness of Pegasus was proven in the first active weekend of launch, when, for a 24 hour in-air period during Easter, 522 vehicles were monitored from the air, 16% of which were caught speeding, the average ratio for roadside tests normally yields just 3.49% of speeders, making Pegasus 5 times more effective. In addition, the number of vehicles monitored was also much higher than is possible from the ground.

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