Old is better, as far as the Maryland State Police is concerned -- at least in the color scheme of patrol cars.
Two-hundred cars have been put on the road since last month in the new olive drab with black-stripe colors used by state police from their first vehicles until 1972, when yellow became fashionable.
Yellow was superseded in 1982-1983, when a sand coloring was adopted.
Sand-colored cars are to be replaced at the rate of 200 to 400 a year, and by 1997-1998, all 900 marked state police cars should have the new-old color scheme, said Mike McKelvin, an agency spokesman.
The colors approximate those on trousers worn by troopers, olive drab with a black stripe down the side, Mr. McKelvin said.
Last year, the department's uniform committee proposed a return to the traditional color scheme.
The plan was circulated to all barracks and won 95 percent approval, Mr. McKelvin said.
Cars are factory-painted in the colors; the gold lettering and state police emblems are added locally, he said.