There might be a state trooper in that PennDOT truck

July 24, 2018

In this file photo from July 15, flags flew at half-staff in tribute to state police Trooper Michael P. Stewart, 26, at the state police station in Greensburg.

State troopers will have a good disguise to catch speeders -- they’ll be aboard a PennDOT truck.

Under “Operation Yellow Jacket,” troopers will be joining state workers on highway maintenance vehicles in Indiana County this week to look for traffic violations, according to a news release from Trooper Clifford Greenfield.

Troopers can then communicate violations via radio to patrol cars in the area. In addition, troopers will be looking for violations of the Steer Clear Law or Move Over Law, which mandates motorists adjust their driving for emergency emergency vehicles parked on a road, Greenfield said.

The law requires drivers pass an emergency response area in a lane not adjacent to the vehicles, if possible, or reduce speed while passing in an adjacent lane. That includes fire trucks, police units, ambulances and other vehicles used by emergency responders. A first offense violation carries a fine of up to $250.

Troopers have been using the method under “Operation Yellow Jacket” for years to catch speeders from outside their marked patrol units.

In 2007, troopers clocked someone going 94 mph on Route 119 at the border of Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

In 2011, troopers cited 45 motorists for speeding in a work zone after posing as construction workers on Interstate 79 in Franklin Park. The following year, 30 people were cited for traffic violations on Route 22 in Salem.

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