Los Angeles police have surrendered to their city’s obsession with televised car chases. They’re hoping now that this new technology will mean safer pursuits, fewer accidents and even fewer getaways.
The LAPD will become the first department in the U.S. to adopt a GPS device to track fleeing drivers. The gadget, manufactured by StarChase LLC, will be fired onto a suspect car, then will transmit location information to officers who can stay a safe distance behind.
The LAPD, which has averaged 660 car chases a year for the past six years, half of which end in a crash, is trying to reduce the number in a city that has turned high-speed pursuits into a lucrative business and surefire ratings booster for television stations.