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Maryland State Trooper Car Ready for Operation Centipede
Maryland State Trooper Car Ready for Operation Centipede

By Rebecca Sheir

Motorists in Maryland, beware! State Troopers are using a special strategy to catch aggressive drivers this long holiday weekend.

It's called Operation Centipede. And it was started by Lieutenant Clifford Hughes.

"Every mile or every two miles, you're gonna run into a Trooper," Hughes explains. "So Troopers are basically leaping over one another, sort of like a centipede game."

Or, like a centipede with lots of legs, the Troopers just keep coming and coming.

The Troopers have used Operation Centipede on all major holiday weekends since February 2008. And Hughes says it's worked.

"Throughout every holiday period since we've implemented this program, we haven't had any traffic fatalities," he says.

Hughes hopes this holiday won't be any different.

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