- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police and citizen volunteers are planning their 38th annual “Pumpkin Patrol” to ward off Halloween pranks and protect motorists along the Thruway on October 30 and 31.

Patrols will consist of Troop T Troopers as well as local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Volunteers will monitor overpasses and report any unusual activity to law enforcement. Police say 15 organizations from 19 counties have volunteered to participate.

The Pumpkin Patrol began as a volunteer effort in 1976 by Katherine St. Jacques in Fort Johnson, Montgomery County. She was talking to a truck driver on her CB radio when his windshield was struck by an object thrown from an overpass. The driver was injured.

St. Jacques and friends started to monitor overpasses for suspicious activity.

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