February 29, 2024

Maryland State Troopers Add to Parking Frustrations

On the way back from Washington, DC with my school group charter yesterday, I pulled into the Maryland House rest area on I-95, a frequent stop for motorcoaches traveling between DC and the Philadelphia area. I had two other coaches with me, and we had been fighting some of the heaviest traffic I’ve ever seen coming out of DC. We were ready for a break.

To our dismay, as we pulled into the busy rest stop, we found three Maryland state trooper’s cars occupying three bus parking spots! The troopers themselves were nowhere to be found. Fortunately, there were three additional spots left, so we were okay. But two more coaches who came soon after we arrived found nowhere to park. The overflow bus parking area was filled with tractor trailers — unticketed, of course, despite the regular presence of state troopers in the rest area.

As we were preparing to pull out almost 45 minutes later, the three troopers came out of the restaurant. I confronted them (nicely, I didn’t want to find them lying in wait down the road!), as to why they found it necessary to take three bus parking spots that were obviously needed for buses, when they could park anywhere else they wanted. They made no apology, however, and basically said they’d park wherever they wanted. I reminded them about our limited options, and I pointed out all the trucks in the overflow bus parking — without tickets, no less. They assured me that they do ticket truck drivers for parking in bus parking, but I watched as they drove right past them on their way back onto I-95. Most frustrating.

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.


  1. Dave King says:

    Found at: http://www.mdsp.org/
    Welcome to the Maryland State Police website. Thank you for your interest in one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the nation.
    Our troopers, fire marshals, and civilian employees are dedicated professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of the citizens we serve by providing the highest quality of law enforcement services available anywhere. They are held to strict standards of law enforcement training, integrity, and responsibility.
    Next time put that camera of yours to use Bob and document their defiance or better yet do it their way and use a dash cam! Seriously, I respect the way you handled it and spoke up!

  2. EightWheels says:

    Thanks, Dave … I’ve been kicking myself for not taking a couple of photos — I even had my camera right there but didn’t think to get photos until I was pulling out and then it was too late — that was indicative of my level of frustration, I’m sure!

  3. Brian Hagey says:

    Hey Bob read “The Animal Farm” by Owell, you’ll understand then….