I admit, I tend to drive a bit fast, when I think I can get away with it.

I'm just being honest here... But it's a thing. I live out in the sticks, and there's a point where all the houses are a little farther back from the road. When I hit that area, I feel like I can open it up just a bit. I definitely always scan what's ahead of me and behind me, looking for familiar shapes of police cruisers.

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Same with the headlights. I check those out when they're coming at me, and if I see anything that creeps me out a bit, I slow down. So far, I've only been pulled over a handful of times in my life. But what if police departments started to change the game on that a bit? What if their cruisers, weren't really cruisers at all?

What if you got pulled over by a Toyota Camry?

Compact generic car isolated on white

I'm making that up... kinda. I saw a post on the Midcoast Region Scanner Page on Facebook, that you'll only be able to see if you're a member, as it's a private page. But, someone took photos of a car that was stopped in traffic, by what looks like a small compact Ford SUV or wagon of some kind. It had blue lights and everything.

SUV Car 3D Illustration

Not on the roof, but definitely in the back window, maybe the front too. The last thing it looks like though, is any kind of police car. It looks like something a school would own for transporting the chess team to matches. Or on a cross-country ski trip. It doesn't look like a crime fighting vehicle.

Emergency lights at night

Are unmarked police cars common in Maine?

They're common enough that there are some very specific rules about them, spelled out very explicitly. They could be anything from the normal SUV types you see, to pickup trucks, larger SUV's, vans, etc. Basically anything. So are we reaching a new era where this will be more commonplace?

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Hard to say. But all I know is, I used to feel like I could rely on my sense of surroundings and not worry too hard about getting a ticket. Now I feel like maybe I need to be a bit more careful. Yes, speeding is against the law. But so is throwing cigarette butts out the window, or leaving snow on your car roof. But how often do those laws get followed?

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