Posted by on August 22, 2019 2:53 am

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It appears Pennsylvania State Police vehicles are getting a redesign …

… Again.

On Wednesday, Trooper Anthony Petroski (@PSPTroopNPIO) posted a sneak peek at the new design for PSP trooper vehicles.

Here’s what he tweeted:

Another New Pennsylvania State Police Vehicle?

new Pennsylvania state police vehicle

Based on the photo, the vehicle looks pretty much the same — same color, same style — but the graphics have changed.

They actually look like the previous (once removed) PSP trooper vehicles.

Here’s what they look like now, in case you’ve sped by too fast to get a good look.

new pennsylvania state police vehicle

(Image: Pennsylvania State Police/Facebook)

So, the “new” design is really just the old graphics from the white vehicles they used to have but now on the new gray vehicles.

And you’re probably thinking …

“Didn’t they just change the way the State Police cars look?”

You’re right. They did. In fact, it was only in 2017 that this current look (not the one debuted on Wednesday) was first put on our awful roads.

Good Move at the Wrong Time

We’re not sad to see the current design on the State Police cruises go by the wayside. The super-sized TROOPER on the sides of the vehicles looks like it’s just taking up space.

For starters, it just wasn’t a familiar design. We all got used to the way the white vehicles looked and there really wasn’t anything wrong with them. Returning to that design or at least something inspired by that design is a good choice.

According to Petroski, these new designs will be phased in when new vehicles are added to the fleet:

We kinda wish they’d bring back the white vehicles though.

The other problem here is the timing of this decision.

Earlier this year, we learned the state had to funnel money we all paid in via the gas tax to fund an overspent PSP. That gas tax money is supposed to go to fixing the terrible roads State Police have to patrol. Instead, the money got diverted for State Police needs.

Car graphics aren’t cheap and though the current cars may be on the ugly side, maybe changing them isn’t the best use of department money at this time.

Pennsylvania State Police Vehicles Through the Years

Through the lens of Getty Images, here are some looks at Pennsylvania State Police vehicles through the years:

The Year 2000

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Can you believe the photo above is about 20 years old? The cruiser in the shot shows the design PSP seems to be reverting to in its peek tweet Wednesday.

State Colors

We’re not a fan of the dark-colored vehicles for the State Police. While we like the look of the white ones from earlier in the 2000s, we REALLY wish they’d go back to these blue-and-yellow beauties. There’s no date on this photo but we’re guessing the 70s?

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The Plymouth Fury and More

For a real comprehensive history of Pennsylvania State Police vehicles, including our use of the Plymouth Fury, the use of green, and the use of gold paint, check out State Trooper Plates.

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