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Chambersburg Operation C.A.R.E. starts today

December 21, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Backed up by other troopers and Waynesboro and Washington Township police officers, Trooper Karl Schmidhamer warned of the stepped up enforcement against drunken and aggressive driving during the holiday season.

"Be forewarned that we will be out in force," Schmidhamer said as a light snow fell Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center on Interstate 81 in Antrim Township, Pa. "If you are going to drink and drive, chances are we're going to get you."

Operation C.A.R.E. (Combine Accident Reduction Effort), begins today in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The operation is "aimed at promoting highway safety and taking on a zero tolerance towards traffic violations," Schmidhamer said.

That will include extra sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols looking for motorists driving under the influence, Schmidhamer said.

Police also are getting an early start on its "Smooth Operator" program for 2008, which will target aggressive drivers who tailgate, speed and make unsafe lane changes, as well as other violations, Schmidhamer said.

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Enforcement will involve the use of marked and unmarked cruisers, as well as vehicles that motorists would not suspect as having troopers behind the wheel. The "conventional and unconventional means" will include monitoring traffic from aircraft, Schmidhamer said.

The enforcement effort will continue through New Year's Day, Schmidhamer said.

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