High-speed police chases often kill innocents. Here’s how San Pablo, CA PD is making them safer by the use of GPS trackers

High-speed police car chases can be loads of fun in action movies or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but the real-life versions often turn tragic.

That’s why an East Bay police force outfitted half of its fleet of cruisers with a technology that allows officers to track suspects’ vehicles without tailing them at 100 mph.

Over the last year and a half, the San Pablo Police Department has installed the StarChase vehicle-tagging GPS system in 10 of its 20 vehicles.

“It’s a risk-reducing tool for our agency,” said San Pablo Police Lt. Mike Gancasz. “It helps reduce the number of high-speed pursuits that are inherently dangerous to officers, passengers in the car, citizens, pedestrians, bystanders.”