DavidIQ wrote:I know in Puerto Rico they have cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage and Toyota Corolla as police vehicles. What's the case in your country? And are there other interesting "methods" you know of that law enforcement uses for traffic control?
Here in the UK we have all manor of traffic law-enforcement. The most frustrating of which is probably the average speed-check on the motorway - pass one post which clocks your number plate, pass the next post x miles down the road which clocks it again. Works out the time it took to take both shots, checks it against the speed limit, works out how fast you're going and anything over about 77mph (70 is the speed limit) you can expect a letter from the DVLA (Driving Vehicle Licensing Agency) with a fixed penalty notice.
Quite often (especially in smaller towns) where there aren't speed-cameras around every corner you're likely to stumble across either one of these
or one of these
. A van parked at the side of the road with a speed-camera hanging out the back. Sometimes they're not actually taking pictures or even measuring speed, but they're generally annoying because you never know.
In terms of public presence (road patrols, sitting on motorway bridges/verges etc...), it's minimal. The UK's police force is caught up in bureaucracy gone mad, we have less police out on the streets and more in the offices filling out forms. That said, when you "do" see one they're not particularly hard to miss as they're all covered up in bright reflective stickers. We do have our fair share of unmarked cars, which are actually fairly hard to spot. Normally business class models such as Audi's, BMW's or Lexus'.
As for marked cars, sure Ford can brag the Police Taurus, although we're well ahead in terms of high-performance response cars
Mitsubishi Evo X:
...and of course the Police Volvo V70
. Nobody outruns one of those badboys.