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Labor Day lacks traffic glitches

September 07, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Labor Day was not too laborious for police officers in the area handling traffic on the highways.

"There's no backup and traffic's moving fairly steadily," Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class George Fockler said Monday night.

Fockler had been patrolling the roads for four hours, running radar and checking on stopped motorists. Sometimes even "stranded" motorists turned out not to have broken down. Just as often they were chatting on cell phones, checking maps or changing babies' diapers, Fockler said.

Traffic seemed only slightly heavier than normal, he said.

No major car accidents were reported, despite roads covered in drizzle.

"We haven't had anything today," he said.

Interstate 81 north of the Maryland state line seemed just as clear.

"Actually, it doesn't look too bad for Labor Day," Pennsylvania State Police Trooper E. Campbell said.

Troopers were not giving out many citations and no accidents had been reported by 6:30 p.m., Campbell said.

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All was well south of the state line, too.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober said there were a few accidents early in the day, but he did not believe they were serious.

"It's surprisingly light right now," Boober said Monday night of traffic on Interstate 81. He said the number of tickets and arrests for driving under the influence were lower than he expected, although that might have been because troopers were busy conducting marijuana-related investigations.

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