North Dakota Highway Patrol to debut 'less conspicuous' vehicle

The new vehicle will first come to Fargo and is intended for use in areas where dangerous driving is prevalent.

An all-black SUV has "State Trooper" written on it in black.
A "less conspicuous" patrol vehicle is being deployed by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
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FARGO — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is rolling out a new patrol vehicle that will be less noticeable to approaching drivers, and its first stop will be in Fargo.

The new, "less conspicuous" vehicle has reflective graphics and interior lights to make it more difficult for drivers to identify the vehicle, in turn allowing troopers to more easily detect aggressive drivers, the Highway Patrol said in a Monday, Sept. 26, release.

Drivers tend to slow down and drive more safely when they spot a police vehicle, the patrol said.

The vehicle will be used "where there has been an increase in motorists engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, beginning in the Fargo area," the release said.

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