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Updated Feb 25, 2013 - 7:01 am

Phoenix police begin patrols in Smart cars

New Phoenix police Smart cars are shown. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- Ignore the tiny police cars at your own risk.

They're not technically patrol cars, but new parking enforcement vehicles.

The city approved the purchase of five new Smart Cars to replace the Go-4s used for over a decade.

"It's a lot nicer, the biggest thing is that we have air conditioning now," said Pam Edmonton, parking enforcement officer for the City of Phoenix.

Edmonton has been citing parking violators for over seven years.

"I once had the temperature checked inside my Go-4 on a day when it was 107 outside. It was 120 degrees inside," she said.

Police said the new Smart cars are up to $12,000 cheaper than the Go-4s. They are also cheaper to maintain, more efficient and much safer.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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