KSP To Cut Patrols In Order To Save Money

High gas prices are hitting everyone hard. Even Kentucky State Police are changing the way they patrol in order to cut down on the use of fuel.

KSP is already cutting back on fuel usage. Last month, KSP purchased 160,000 gallons of fuel compared to May 2007 when 170,500 gallons were purchased. Even with the cutback, fuel still cost an additional $132,000.

As a result, KSP is changing the way it will patrol for the remainder of the summer.

Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K. (Concentrated Highway Enforcement Checkpoints in Kentucky) is a new enforcement campaign will roll out July 4th and run through Labor Day Weekend. The campaign will include more than 200 road checks statewide during this time period.

The roadblocks will be put in high-crash locations.

Captain Tim Lucas, Commander for the KSP Highway Safety Branch will oversee the summer checkpoint project.

"To keep traffic moving, some vehicles are permitted to pass without screening while others are randomly selected for inspection. The drivers who are not stopped for screening are still impacted by the visual exposure of enforcement activity," added Lucas.

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