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Highway Patrol cutting back on gas

Gas prices are also forcing state troopers to cut back. First sergeant J.O. Holmes says troopers have been asked to be more conscientious about their driving. They will try to avoid idling, accelerating quickly, and braking hard. There is a possibility some special programs will also be cut. Even with the gas-saving initiatives, Holmes says troopers will still aggressively enforce laws, but he says money budgeted for cars and equipment may have to start paying for gas. "We hope they're able to find money in other places before it evolves into something where we may have to actually park and sit and wait for calls. I don't foresee that happening, we've never had to do it before, but we've never seen gas prices this high, either," said Holmes. Highway Patrol has 34 cars on the road in New Hanover and Brunswick counties, and close to 2,000 across the state.

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This is shocking to hear. This state can spend money on so many fruitless programs when our law enforcement people have to settle for what the bird leaves on the pump handle. This isn't right. We need our NC Highway Patrol folks (and all the other lawa enforcement agencies) to have nothing but the best equipment, vehicles and training - because they are the ones we ALL count on when we need help. Stop the unnecessary spending on stupid projects and give that money to the NC Highway Patrol folks.

Remember the TV show

Remember the TV show C.H.I.P.S? Seems motorcycles may help the state patrol instead of the cruisers. These guys "we can't have a cut back on or their means of service".

How Ironic

How Ironic is it that the picture for this story is a Trooper pulling over one of the most fule efficent vehicals on the road today a Toyota Prius