Some Watertown Police officers will be hitting the streets in cars with a new look.
In an effort to reduce distracted and aggressive driving the Watertown Police Department’s traffic Division will use lower profile cars. Most cars have black and white paint and large, easily spotted “Police” decals. The new cars have solid black paint and subdued decals.
While the decals are not easily spotted during the day, they illuminate at night when lights shine on them, according to the Watertown Police Sgt. David Sampson.
The new look will help the car blend in and allow police to spot people running red lights, not stopping for pedestrians or driving distracted because they are texting or using smart phones in other ways.
“The ability to blend into traffic is extremely helpful when trying to identify these distracted and aggressive drivers,” said Watertown Police Sgt. David Sampson.
Watertown Police wanted to make sure the new paint and markings still were easily identifiable so people know the car as a law enforcement vehicle.
“The cruiser will have no problem blending in with regular traffic, but there is no mistaking that it is a police car,” Sampson said.