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State will not pay for more I-77 troopers in Carroll

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Finance committee kills bill that would have put more state police on dangerous section of interstate.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

RICHMOND — The General Assembly will not fund a budget amendment that would have put more Virginia State Police troopers on patrol in Carroll County to improve safety on Interstate 77.

Sen. Bill Carrico’s idea sprang from the thought that having more troopers posted on I-77 would slow traffic down and make the highway — famous for its fog and deadly pile-ups — less hazardous.
Had it been funded, the budget amendment could have resulted in about 10 more troopers being assigned to this area.
But Carrico (R-Grayson County) reports that the idea couldn’t make it out of committee during this year’s session.
“Unfortunately, the newly formed finance committee did not feel it was a priority to fund additional troopers for the area,” he told The Gazette in a message from Richmond.
First Sgt. Mike Musser of Virginia State Police’s regional office in Galax said he appreciates Carrico’s efforts during this year’s session and remains hopeful this idea can get more traction in the future.
“We realize that budget limitations have a direct impact on staffing levels for troopers throughout the commonwealth,” he told The Gazette. “The additional troopers would have had a significant impact on our efforts to improve highway safety, but we understand the hurdles that Senator Carrico faced in his endeavor.”