Panhandle Police Enlisting Civilians to Slow Down Speeders

A Florida Panhandle police chief is looking for residents to volunteer to drive marked police cars to slow down speeding drivers.

Gulf Breeze Police Chief Peter Paulding says the volunteers will drive along U.S. 98 during morning and afternoon rush hours to act as pace cars for lead-footed drivers.

The volunteers won't carry guns, issue traffic citations or confront violators. The volunteers will need a good driving record and will be trained how to use the police radio in case they spot trouble.

Paulding got the idea from a task force created this year to fight the increasing numbers of traffic accidents in Gulf Breeze, outside of Pensacola.