Troopers Say Empty Cruisers on Roadside Send Right Message

Posted May 29, 2007 6:31 a.m. EDT

— The state Highway Patrol claims its "empty" patrol car program is working.

Last week, state troopers placed un-manned patrol cars along highways across the state. The idea is to slow down drivers to avoid crashes and fatalities.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were 31 empty cars in the 14 counties in and around the Triangle.

Some drivers said they have already memorized some empty car locations, but the Highway Patrol said they will not know for sure whether there is a trooper inside the vehicle.