Before we left town, I saw someone I used to work with at the TV station in Lubbock post from her own trip up Route 66 with her family that the state troopers were EVERYWHERE!!! So I decided that, with it being a long weekend with July 4th at the end of things, and with knowing from past TV stories that law enforcement steps up efforts when a holiday makes for a three day weekend, that I was going to take notice and see how many of our fine law enforcement officials were on the roads.
First, Texas. Now, I understand that Texas is the second biggest state in the country in terms of land area. However, I left a town of 14,000 (Hereford), drove through a town of 15,000 (Canyon), and another of 190,000 (Amarillo). Couple that with the other 100 or so miles on I-40 to the border, I only saw ONE state trooper. No sheriff deputies or local cops were spotted.
Oklahoma wasn’t much better. I didn’t see any law enforcement officials from the state border all the way in to OKC. The next day, we get on the Turner Turnpike to Tulsa and one state policeman was hanging out at the toll plaza. Then on the Will Rogers Turnpike, there was actually one state policeman clocking for speeders.
Missouri gets the blue ribbon. From Joplin to Saint Louis, I saw 18 cops. One was even sitting on an overpass over the highway clocking people coming down the road, undoubtedly radioing to someone further down when they spotted offenders.
In Illinois, I saw 6 cops.
Indiana sported two of their finest…in the last 20 miles.
Ohio? Considering we drove through lots of civilization with the Cincinnati area, I was disappointed to see none.
Missouri knows how to make it safe!