Md. troopers will no longer step out of cars to halt speeders
The Associated Press
Officer down: Scott Wheeler
PIKESVILLE, Md. — State troopers will no longer step out of their patrol cars to wave speeding drivers over to the side of interstate highways, Maryland State Police announced today.
The move by state police represents a change of position since last week, said Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the agency. New superintendent Terrence B. Sheridan made the decision late Friday after the funeral for Wheeler, 31.
"Speed enforcement will continue. We will stop people (using) police vehicles," Shipley said.
In addition to highways, troopers temporarily won't walk onto lower-speed roadways, pending the results of a review, he said.
Police in Howard and Anne Arundel counties have also ordered reviews of their speed-enforcement strategies and have suspended "stepping out" until those reviews are completed.
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