UPDATED Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 10:18 a.m.
“The Shadow” has shown up for the first time this road construction season on the West Beltline Highway.
Tuesday morning, officers with the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team issued 13 citations and five warnings in 2.5 hours.
One ticketed driver was going 80 mph. He reportedly told officers he was putting the pedal down because all the traffic was making him mad.
The Shadow is a police officer dressed in civilian clothes driving an unmarked MPD car. The officer looks for unsafe driving behaviors, and alerts uniformed officers by radio when they are spotted.
The Shadow will be on the road many times over the next couple months, especially on the W. Betline where road construction projects are numerous. This construction makes the need to pay attention and slow down extremely important.
Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 --- 1:00 p.m.
The Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team will soon launch an operation to watch for unsafe driving behaviors on the busy W. Beltline Highway.
It's called “Operation Shadow.” A police officer will dress in civilian clothes and drive an unmarked MPD car. If that officer sees unsafe driving, he or she will radio uniformed officer who will then make a traffic stop.
Police say Operation Shadow is aimed at making the W. Beltline safer, with slower speeds, particularly while road construction projects are ongoing.
The department may also utilize Operation Shadow on other city streets.
Watch the MPD video below for more details.