By: The Associated Press, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Some say GPS tracking technology has limited the need for some high-speed pursuits. Law enforcement agencies around the country are using equipment from StarChase, a Virginia Beach-based company, to tag the cars of fleeing suspects. Officers can launch the GPS tag from the front bumper of their patrol car, or using a handheld launcher.
Alpert said it’s more than 90 percent effective at apprehending suspects without causing a collision, but he hasn’t heard of any S.C. agency using this technology, mainly because of the cost.
The money needed to defend lawsuits following high-speed chases doesn’t come out of the budget of law enforcement agencies, but money for that technology does, he said.
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