Virginia State Police rarely monitor speed via aircraft

Posted at 7:46 PM, Feb 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-21 07:48:28-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – You’ve probably scene this sign while driving at some point: “Speed limits are being enforced by aircraft.”

Turns out most of the time, it’s not true.

The Washington Examiner is reporting Virginia State Police have only used the aircraft five times since 2008–and only once last year

Aerial speed enforcement operations last four to six hours and cost $150 an hour, plus overtime for extra troopers.

State Police tell the examiner they’ve had to make cuts to the program because of the economy.