from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways.
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In return for their generosity, American motorists must now put up with the indignity of having to violate the national 55-mile-per-hour speed limit and play cat-and-mouse games with the highway patrol in order to cover distances that were considered a normal day’s drive back in 1950.
A highway patrol cruiser was parked nearby, and a lieutenant of the highway patrol stood facing a knot of angry farmers and truckers.
The Air Resources Board in California estimated the costs to public health including treatment of asthma and lung diseases from freight trucks at $20 billion annually36; in New Jersey, environmental groups say it’s $5 billion per year.37 Old brakes and tires and frequent overloading increase the likelihood that these vehicles will have accidents, creating further costs in highway patrol and emergency services, traffic delays, etc.