'Pumpkin Patrol' aims to crack down on Halloween pranksters

October 31, 2018 08:42 AM

Halloween is a big night for pranks, but these pranks can quickly turn dangerous. "Pumpkin Patrol" is on duty to help.

Law enforcement officers and volunteers will be on bridges overlooking the Thruway in our area tonight. The purpose is to discourage vandals from throwing objects over the bridge.

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"Pumpkin Patrol" started in 1976 after a driver was injured by an object thrown from an overpass.

Now, state troopers partner with amateur radio clubs, or HAMs, to prevent pranks and keep motorists safe.

In the past, people have thrown anything from pumpkins to eggs off the side of bridges. When the objects land on the highway, they could be deadly to unsuspecting drivers.

More than 50 law enforcement agencies will join with dozens of volunteers to cover most, if not all, of the overpasses in New York state to stop pranksters.

Patrols will begin at sundown Wednesday and continue overnight.


Kaci Jones

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