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Santa Barbara Police Taking Segways For A Test Spin

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:54pm

The Santa Barbara Police Department is testing out some patrol vehicles which won’t set any speed records, and might even lead to a laugh or two, but will allow them to cover a lot more ground.

The Department is doing a seven week test program with Segways, the two wheeled vehicles which look like a podium on wheels. They’re testing two models, one for city streets, and one which can go off road. The vehicles have a top speed of just over 12 miles and hour, and a range of 17 miles.

The department is testing them in downtown Santa Barbara, on Milpas Street, and in the waterfront area. A number of law enforcement agencies in other areas use the vehicles on a regular basis.

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