Highway 1 Motor Patrol

Highway 1 Motor Patrol

Here you can see a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria RMP parked underneath the GWB in upper Manhattan. Highway 1 patrols all of Manhattan and the Bronx and basically concentrate on major roadways and limited access highways. Their main function is to give out motor vehicle summonses for speeding, improper lane changes, broken taillights,and so on. The elite members of Highway 1 often monitor CB channel 19, as I found out the hard way one night when driving on the New England Thruway northbound near Conner Street. I observed an unmarked HWY 1 radio car hiding underneath a bridge with the radar cone hanging out the side. Always looking out for my fellow motorist, I announced the location of the radar car on my CB radio. By dumb luck who is coming up fast behind me but yet another HWY 1 radio car, this one marked. As I soon found out, he was monitoring CB channel 19 and as he sped past me he said part of my license plate # on the air and said ''hey,[plate #], that yellow car with the big mouth, we love when people announce our position because then we pull them over and break their balls'' His fellow officer, the guy in the unmarked car that I had just passed [at a safe and prudent 55 mph]then chimed in ''oh yeah, follow him. I'm on my way out.....'' Needless to say this was not what i wanted to hear, but they never did pull me over. I guess they just had too much time on their hands. Now radar and speed traps in general have evolved quite a bit over the years.Remember the radar cone I mentioned earlier? Well I found a really neat picture of an early 60's radar set up that was used down south. Check this out:

I wonder how the officer got the speeder to stop using this method. Did he just run out in front of the car and wave his hands like crazy hoping the guy would stop?Or did he throw that gawky camera in the radio car and tear off down the road hoping like hell to catch the guy?Oh well, looks like something you would expect to see on ''Andy Griffith.''

Above: This mint condition 1950s era police truck was spotted parked off South Street on 10/2/05. I wonder what that was used for? Possibly to transport 1950's gangster types to jail ^-^