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Beijing police helicopters monitor expressway traffic


10:41, October 01, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Beijing police are monitoring heavy expressway traffic from helicopters on Sunday, the start of China's eight-day Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holiday.

Beijing police said it is the first time the air patrol has been used for the purpose.

Traffic built up before dawn as holidaymakers rushed to hit the road to take advantage of the country's trials of making expressways toll-free.

The Beijing Traffic Management Bureau monitored long queues of cars appearing before 6 a.m. in front of toll gates for all 17 expressways in Beijing.

A police spokesman said three helicopter flights have been conducted so far on Sunday to send real-time video images of traffic to ground command headquarters to help traffic police direct traffic and check driving violations.

The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau set up a police aviation fleet in July last year to enhance its emergency response capability.

Airborne police have since watched holiday crowds at major destinations, and kept tabs on fire disasters and other firework-related accidents aboard helicopters.


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