Nevada Highway Patrol debuts patrol cars with 'ghost markings' that are tougher to see

NHP Ghost Markings

Keep your eyes peeled, speeders, tailgaters and otherwise reckless drivers, it's about to get a little tougher to identify some Nevada Highway Patrol vehicles.  A handful of patrol vehicles are being outfitted in a new "ghost" regalia, rather than Nevada Highway Patrol's normally eye-catching markings.  The goal, according to a press release, is to increase enforcement efforts, "specifically targeting hazardous moving violations such as reckless driving as well as distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding and seat belt enforcement."  Trooper Matt McLaughlin said the hope is that the new vehicles will be more difficult for erratic or aggressive drivers to spot and avoid.  "(Aggressive drivers) will see a patrol car and they'll change their behavior," McLaughlin said.  "So the thought process behind a subdued or a specially marked patrol vehicle, is that they may not be able to see us and we can observe those violations and get that person stopped before something bad does happen." Troopers driving the discretely-marked vehicles will have the same enforcement abilities as a Trooper driving a normally marked vehicle.  The vehicles still bear many calling cards of a patrol car, such as a large grill and faintly visible lights, but many of the normally large reflective Nevada Highway Patrol insignias and markings are only faintly visible on the "ghost" vehicles.  Just three patrol cars will be outfitted with the new markings at first, but more will likely be added.