(CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia Police are getting a helping hand from Pennsylvania State Troopers who are now assigned to catch speeders on the Schuylkill Expressway.
The move is sending more officers back to the city's streets where they are needed most to combat crime.
State Troopers can now arm themselves with a device that city officers never could Ö a radar gun.
Speeding drivers notice the difference on the Expressway and so do road construction crews.
"It works great for us because you have people flying through the construction zone and it is a very dangerous job out here and we feel comfortable with them stopping cars that's going too fast," road worker Steve London said.
To help Philadelphia police fight crime, the state didnít offer the money the city requested but it gives Philadelphia police officers the opportunity to fight crime in the neighborhoods.
"That saves the taxpayers of the city $10 million a year, it gives 75 police officers back to the police department," Philadelphia Councilman Frank Rizzo said.
Troopers began taking over jurisdiction on the Schuylkill in a phased approach earlier this year.
"The city was doing a great job on the highway, we're just basically piggy-backing for what they already had going on," Trooper Danea Alston explained.
Drivers being ticketed are being issued warnings but should be aware that State Troopers and their radar will complete their takeover by the end of the summer.
For now, the troopers only patrol north of South Street but they will move further south as the summer moves on.
In addition, they will begin patrolling I-95 next year.
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