Met police deploys drone to catch capital’s dangerous drivers

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The Metropolitan Police are set to use a drone as a means of catching dangerous and speeding drivers in London.

According to a report by the Evening Standard, the device will be stationed over London roads later this month.

Scotland Yard claims it is the first time a force has used a drone to target dangerous, careless or speeding motorists in the UK.

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Officers involved in the work have said the aim is to catch drivers who put people’s lives at risk as opposed to specifically targeting motorists who are breaking the speed limit by a few miles per hour.

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, head of the Met’s roads and traffic policing unit, commented: “This is one of many enforcement tactics being used. Its aim is to deter dangerous driving and we hope the message of ‘drive lawfully, stay safe and keep a clean licence’ is widely understood.”

He added: “However, deterrence is sometimes best achieved through intense enforcement and that’s what this capability enables.”

The report went on to confirm that the UAV will not be able to enforce speed limits but could alert officers on the ground.

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