Georgia State Patrol looks to trade Crown Victorias for Dodge Chargers

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

It's a mobile office for law enforcement, and it could be changing lanes.

The Dodge Charger is making a name for itself in the law enforcement game, giving the Crown Victoria a run for its money.

Since the 1970's the Crown Vic has patrolled Georgia's highways, but now, troopers are test-driving another option.

One local sheriff's department already has its hands on a Dodge Charger, and deputies in Lincolnton could be setting the bar for state troopers.

"Of course one thing you'll find out in law enforcement - even grown men like toys."

And this one's as wild as a ram, with speeds of up to 160 miles per hour.

"Our quickness is really a difference of life and death along with the EMT's."

And the state of Georgia knows that.

It's why, come summer, Georgia troopers will be test-driving the same car that recently finished first at the Golden Corral 500.

The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Dept. is one of the first local departments to have a Dodge Charger in its fleet. Their Charger is only a week old.

Chief Deputy Marcy Remsen is a former state trooper and he's revved up, glad to see a company that for thirty years has taken a backseat to Ford's Crown Victoria making an accelerated return.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and them knowing you have something that's capable of running 'em," Chief Remsen says.

Deputy Bill Bass likes the idea of trading in the department's Crown Vics, some with well over 200,000 miles.

"That's what I got to live in for twelve hours a day so it's important to have you a nice one," Bass says.

And it's perhaps just as important holding the key to what could make for a smoother ride tomorrow.

These deputies are very proud to be leading the pack. They've even driven their Charger down the road to brag a little bit to the state troopers in Thomson.

Dodge has had to make some changes to the car to accommodate police. They have to mount emergency equipment into places it wouldn't normally be...but Dodge is making it work.

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