A dozen speeders nailed on Route 33 by airplane
Using an airplane to monitor traffic on Route 33, state police at Belfast tagged a dozen speeders in Plainfield Township this morning, police said.

One driver was clocked going 90 mph, police said.

All 12 were cited for speeding.

One also was cited for driving with an expired inspection sticker, police said.

Police used the airplane to track speeders 9:30 to 11 a.m., police said.

Police said they will periodically use the plane, which is part of the State Police Aerial Reconnaissance and Enforcement program, to target aggressive drivers and reduce accidents.

"This came as a big surprise to a lot of motorists," said Cpl. Robert Mahady of the Belfast barracks.

It was the first time in several years troopers at Belfast have used an airplane to track speeders on Route 33, Mahady said.

The plane has been used more frequently on Route 22 and Interstate 78, he said.

"It's just a great tool," Mahady said.

Morning Call staff reports