Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
Sam Penrod Reporting New style police cars are beginning to patrol the streets of American Fork; officers there are now driving Ford Mustangs and there's more to these cars than just looks.
The new Mustangs are getting attention, most people have to take a double take to see if it is really a police car, but the new cars will save a lot of money when it's time to fill them up.
The American Fork Police department recently acquired three Mustangs to be used in the traffic enforcement division of the department. The new Mustangs replace old Ford Crown Victorias.
Of course the Mustangs do have a sportier look and don't look like your average police car. All of the police lights are internal and the car is not your typical police blue, but when it comes to doing the math, the Mustangs cost less to buy and are much more fuel efficient.
Sgt. Shauna Greening, American Fork Police Dept: "They are more cost effective, the Mustangs are about 35 hundred dollars cheaper than the Crown Vics, which we were using and we still have some Crown Victorias in the fleet. We're getting about 12 miles per gallon better than we get with the Crown Vics."
So are Mustangs getting noticed? Officers who drive them say yes. In fact, one officer says that after he's handed out a speeding ticket, more than once, the offender has asked to check out the car.
One thing about the mustangs, they certainly are in the stealth mode when it comes to speed patrol. So if you are in American Fork and you do speed, either slow down or watch out.