Stealing Gas May Cost You Even More

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

If you drive off without paying for gas it will cost you your license if you get caught. The law has been in place since 2001.

But now, a bill making it's way through the House may give gas stations the power to actually get the stolen money back and an extra 30 dollars service charge.

If passed, gas stations with evidence of a drive off will work with the Department of Transportation to write a letter instructing the person responsible to pay up.

Senator Jack Westwood, the bill's sponsor, says the current law is effective but Officers are overworked and this would be one additional tool used to help cut down on the number of drive offs in the state.

The bill has passed the Senate and now heads to the House for a vote.

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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Mar 20, 2008 at 10:37 AM
    They already got the "friendly" reminder on most pumps of the state police reminding you that if you drive off you could lose your license for 6months. So what is another $30 when court costs in mdsn cnty alone breached $135 last year? Only true way to stop drive offs is have the pumps prepay only and ONLY allow regular known customers to pump 1st. Most people have regular fill up stations and it wouldnt be a big problem.
  • by cutter Location: South of East KY on Mar 20, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    What a STUPID Idea ! TY Senator Jack Westwood. There are cameras installed in most stations and stores already. Why don't we just rob the store ? They can send me a bill in the mail.
  • by Brandi Location: Berea on Mar 19, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    I think that they should make people pay for gas before they pump it so they can't steal it.Plus,whoever gets that letter could just throw it away,and they only get the letter IF they are caught.
  • by laughing Location: ky on Mar 19, 2008 at 07:06 PM
    I find this really funny. If they drove off and didn't pay, what makes someone sitting behind a desk think that a letter is going to make them pay? Want to improve the state then do something to help the people. Stop taking away from them! People with little or no income can get Medicaid, people with good jobs and good income can afford healthcare and insurance the people in the middle can not afford either. If people are trying to help themselves then help the people!!! Instead of passing bills such as this one or letting people who write bad checks on purpose for the intent to support their drug habbit get out of jail time as I read in an article in the past week. Just print up some get out of jail cards and pass them around!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    people should pay fo rtheir gas, but something needs to be done about the prices.
  • by anonymous Location: ky on Mar 19, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    i believe that people that drive off w/out paying for gas, should be have to pay. my inlaws own a marathon store, and that have to take time out, to figure out the deadbeats license plate#, to turn it in. so it should actually be more than $30. if they don't want to pay for their gas, then they do not deserve the priviledges to drive.


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