Virginia State Police Floods All Interstates

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

When James Clarke drives on the Interstate, he checks for police.

"When they're not around, I definitely speed a little bit," he said.

But when there is more of a police presence, like on Saturday, he said he is more cautious.

Harrisonburg Sergeant Kenneth Hyden with Virginia State Police has kept an eye on drivers on I-81 for ten hours.

"Anywhere in the interstate is a potential spot for somebody to be speeding," he said.

He said more troopers are on the lookout for speeders, drunk drivers and and anyone with road rage driving on all major interstates.

This is part of the Operation Air, Land and Speed.

"We don't have to look for violators, all we have to do is pull over and stop and they'll come to us," he said.

Clarke said he feels safer when troopers are on the road.

"All in all is a good feeling and a good thing to have them around," he said.

However, Justin Cross said it's not necessary to have more officers on the highways.

"I don't see how having more officers in the highway is helping," he said
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He said people will slow down just when they see officers.

But the rest of the days, they will drive over the speed limit.

"People are more afraid of seeing the officer, than actually changing their driving style," he said.

Shana Horrigan said her driving style is always the same with or without police.

She said troopers like Hyden help keep bad drivers off the road.

However, she said it also has a downside.

"Having police on the side doesn't make it for very safe driving either," he said.

Hyden said people should slow down or switch lanes when passing a police car or emergency vehicle on the side.

This is the first time troopers watched all interstates at the same time.


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