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Coy asks for more officers on Pa. roads

January 15, 2001

Coy asks for more officers on Pa. roads



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


HARRISBURG, Pa. - A state representative for Franklin County has asked Gov. Tom Ridge to boost the complement of state troopers.

The number of state troopers has remained at 4,168 since 1974, said State Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Franklin.

He would like to see officers added statewide, but particularly in Franklin County in light of the growing number of cars and truck traveling Interstate 81.

"I know in this area there is a definite need. On I-81, there is much more vehicular traffic and the addition of much more truck traffic," Coy said.

He said increasing officers available to patrol the major roads is the direction the state needs to move in to curb aggressive driving.

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"I have observed it myself. More troopers are definitely needed," he said.

Coy said he has written Ridge urging him to request funding for additional officers in his budget.

The number of state police officers is set by the General Assembly. An increase in their number would require legislative action.

In May 1999, Coy called for increased state police patrols on I-81 after three people were killed in an accident near Shippensburg, Pa. Coy said increased state police patrols can deter motorists from speeding.

State Police are charged with enforcing state law, eliminating traffic hazards and encouraging motorists to drive safely, Coy said. They also investigate and deter crime, promote crime prevention and provide assistance to local police departments. The state police force was formed in 1905, Coy said.

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