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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Ogden police have a new mode of transportation.
Officers are patrolling special events on Segway scooters. The two-wheeled vehicles are battery operated and can travel up to 12 miles per hour.
The president of Segway of Utah says other agencies have expressed interest in the scooters, but Ogden is the first municipal police department to purchase them. Police at Salt Lake City International Airport also have the scooters.
Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner said he opted for Segways because they elevate the rider about 8 inches, giving a greater field of vision.
Officers put the scooters to the test for the first time this week during the city's 4th of July celebration. Officers said the Segways allowed them to respond to incidents faster.
Information from: Standard-Examiner
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