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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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The highway patrol - police cars on motorways

When I was a kid I remember being told that there were Porsche police cars patrolling the German motorways. I don’t know if this is – or ever has been – true, but cars used for patrolling motorways must differ greatly between countries. What kind of cars (make and model) are used for traffic enforcement by the police in your country?
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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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Lamborghini Gallardo. In Italy there are two such cars (one of them was wrecked last year), used mainly for human organ transport when helicopters can't fly. But I think it's just marketing.

Normally they use Alfa Romeo 159 and many other similar cars.

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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #3
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Motorway police (diaľničná polícia) in Slovakia have just a few of these





and S4



and we also have "toll police" (mýtna polícia)



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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:36 PM   #4
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When I was a kid I remember being told that there were Porsche police cars patrolling the German motorways. I don’t know if this is – or ever has been – true, but cars used for patrolling motorways must differ greatly between countries. What kind of cars (make and model) are used for traffic enforcement by the police in your country?
There used to be a few uniformed 911s, yes, nowadays I guess they would be unmarked - if indeed Porsches patrol the Autobahns anymore...

In Norway, uniformed vehichles vary quite a lot, you'll see Mercedes C-classes, Opel Vectras (probably Insignias as well), Ford Mondeos, VW Passats, Toyota Avensises and, of course, Volvo V70s. I have probably forgotten quite a few. They even have Toyota Landcruisers in rural areas and a couple of Mercedes MLs for representative escort. When it comes to unmarked cars, it's much the same, although some fat-cat BMWs, Mercs and Volvo XC90s are available for special purposes. The Delta antiterror unit use Mercedes Gs.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #5
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In Hungary, these are used on motorways by the police:

Skoda Octavia II RS:


Audi TT:


Audi TTS :


Ford Mondeo ST:


Yamaha FJR 1300:


all pics are from http://policecars.hu/
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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:23 AM   #6
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When I was a kid I remember being told that there were Porsche police cars patrolling the German motorways. I don’t know if this is – or ever has been – true,
Oh yeah. It's true


http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attract...rttemberg.html


http://www.autobild.de/artikel/oldti...=12&now=28#mmg


Bmw neue klasse, Opel Kapitan, VW Kaffer, MB 110.. and so on.

http://www.polizei.hessen.de/interne...700266cb59.htm

Yes, Germans had really good cars.
Meantime, behind the iron curtain, in arctic cold Poland our beloved Milicja used this beuaty:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick...n/photostream/
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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:32 AM   #7
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they used the porsche 911 sc targa back in 1983 in the netherlands too
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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:40 AM   #8
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In Brazil :

Toyota fielder

Chevrolet Astra


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Nissan Frontier
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Chevrolet s-10

Chevrolet Meriva

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Old July 28th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #9
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Yes, Germans had really good cars.
Meantime, behind the iron curtain, in arctic cold Poland our beloved Milicja used this beuaty:

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Ah, good ol' Fiat 125.
Italian police used them for some time in the '70s. piotr71, don't be fooled by the shabby look: that was a GREAT car.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 01:10 AM   #10
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Also see this thread in the main Infrastructure and Mobility forum:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=132324
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Old July 28th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #11
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The Netherlands
KLPD | Corps National Police Department | Highway Patrol

The old days










One of the last Porshe that was used by the National Police in 1993


Today the KLPD highway patrol vehicles are Volvo's






(Highway patrol) National Police vehicle and Rotterdam Municipal Police vehicle


KLPD Audi A6


Video-vehicle for tracking licenceplates


Municipal Police Utrecht Ford Focus ST


Old (white) and New (yellow) traffic uniform


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Old July 28th, 2010, 06:32 AM   #12
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Ah, good ol' Fiat 125.
Italian police used them for some time in the '70s. piotr71, don't be fooled by the shabby look: that was a GREAT car.
They are Ladas or Zhigulis made in Togliatti, Russia in a factory built by FIAT.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 10:22 AM   #13
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They are Ladas or Zhigulis made in Togliatti, Russia in a factory built by FIAT.
No, no, what you can see in these photos are made in Poland, the name was "Polski Fiat" which means "Polish Fiat" in Polish :-)
Two types of FIAT were produced in Poland, Fiat 125 and Fiat 126. The latter one was simply called in Hungary as "kis Polski", literally "little Polski".

However in there were Ladas produced in Togliatti by FIAT license but those (by Fiat 124 and 125) had slightly different look.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #14
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In most of the United States, Interstate highways are patrolled by the state police (also known in some states as "state patrol" or "highway patrol") - within cities and towns municipal police does the work, and in rural areas the county sheriff typically fills in with the rest of police duties.

American police car paint jobs vary wildly, but generally three cars are used.
Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, body on frame, rear drive - THE American police car. Fast, but not very fast, with mediocre handling - but VERY reliable. Tough as nails. If you see a police car, it's very likely to be a Crown Vic.
Design introduced 1998.


Chevrolet Impala P71, unibody, front drive - very often used as personal vehicles, less common as a police car.
Design introduced 2001.

Design introduced 2006.


Dodge Charger, unibody, rear drive - Faster and more powerful than the Crown Vic, but less reliable.
Design introduced 2006.


Future police cars:
2011 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor - unibody, front or all wheel drive.


2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV - rear drive. Will be offered alongside the Impala, but of course this is the better of the two.


2012 Carbon Motors E7 - rear drive. Startup company making a car built by cops, for cops - not to be sold to anyone but cops. Other manufacturers are doing everything they can to steal their thunder.


And the Dodge Charger will get a facelift, and Ford will introduce a new Explorer police package.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #15
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Ah, good ol' Fiat 125.
Italian police used them for some time in the '70s. piotr71, don't be fooled by the shabby look: that was a GREAT car.
I am not I had 2 and I'd love to have one today. However, Polish licensed version of original 125 mechanically had more common with its predecessors 1300/1500 series than with Italian 125. Main difference went under the bonnet. 125p was propelled by old 1300 or 1500 engines, Italian ones used very modern 1600 dohc engine developing 90bhp. There were minor changes in the body shell as well.

Then, after some time appeared a true rocket:




Essentially the car was a rebodied Polski Fiat 125p, which Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych (FSO) built under license from Fiat, based on the Fiat 125. The internal components, modernized engine, (pistons and carburetor), chassis, and other mechanical, were straight from the Polski Fiat 125p, but clothed in an entirely new hatchback body designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The car was meant to be equipped with Fiat's DOHC engines in the 1980s, but a crisis at the time made the purchase of a license from Fiat impossible. This is also why the 125p was produced simultaneously with the Polonez for more than a decade. Moreover, mechanical modernization only took place when it could be applied to both cars. This situation finally changed after the production of the 125p ended in 1991.

An advantage of the Polonez is its passive safety. Crash tests were performed in 1994 according to EU safety regulations so that the Polonez could be exported worldwide. They proved the car to be very safe. The Caro 1.9GLD hitting a concrete block (without an energy-absorbing metal cage) with 40% of the front at 50 km/h (31 mph) survived very well. All doors could be opened without any difficulty, there were no critical injuries for passengers, and no fuel leakage occurred.wiki

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Old July 28th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #16
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Old Yugoslavian Milicija chasing Belgrade phantom with white Porsche 911 back in 70's

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Yugsolavian traffic Milicija in Zagreb

Mercedes 190 SL



Mini Morris from the same unit

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again Yugoslavian Traffic Milicija with VW beetle

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Polish highway police in action (A4 highway)

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