Police crack down on I-81 drivers

February 27, 1997


Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State police in Chambersburg cited 83 drivers on Interstate 81 for speeding and other traffic violations Wednesday during Franklin County's version of Operation Centipede.

Troopers also issued written warnings to 53 drivers in the statewide effort to make the highways safer in the Keystone State, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The 12-hour crackdown involved troopers from Troop S, the local detachment's I-81 contingent, and Troop H, the regular patrol unit, said Corporal David Secor.


He said a similar effort took place earlier in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.

The goal not only is to stop speeders, he said. Aggressive drivers, those who change lanes illegally, and tailgaters are among those targeted by the special effort.

A total of 18 officers from the two troops participated in the I-81 enforcement effort. Secor said the operation will be repeated when necessary.

Secor said many local drivers were stopped in the crackdown, not just those passing through.

Earlier this week, Sgt. John Theirwechter, commander of Troop H, said Troops H and S will be consolidated later this spring as part of a statewide state police reorganization. It means changes in command and trooper assignments. Troopers will no longer just do turnpike duty or general patrol duty, but will be sent to where they are most needed.

Theirwechter said residents won't notice the change.

The consolidation is part of a statewide effort to streamline the state police department, said Charles Tocci, state police spokesman in Harrisburg. He said there are 4,168 troopers in Pennsylvania.

The current complement for Troop S in Franklin County is 14 and 47 for Troop H, Theirwechter said.

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