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New GSP pursuit car on South Georgia roads

May 21, 2007

Albany -- The Georgia State Patrol has a new look on the roads in South Georgia. This is the new Georgia State Patrol's 2007 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicle, that went on the road in Albany Monday.

It's the first of it's kind in South Georgia, but will become the standard across the state. The pursuit vehicles will be four different solid colors, but the State patrol will start phasing out their familiar Ford Crown Victoria cruisers for the Dodge in their traditional blue and silver colors.

 The Dodge Charger comes with enhanced lights, including a lighted read out device on their dashboard, a brush guard on the front to help in pit maneuver to stop fleeing cars, and an enhanced suspension that will make it safer. Senior Trooper Darryl Benton of the Georgia State Patrol said "with this improved suspension, the car handles better and performs much better at a high rate of speed."

 Trooper Benton will only say that the new GSP pursuit vehicle has a large engine with a hemi, but promises it will go fast enough to catch most speeders if he has to.

He urges drivers to slow down, so you don't see this car in your rear view mirror.

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