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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  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    if the people just thought .the law is running illegal .their cars are not taged in their names,the insurance isnt in their name,the registration isnt either so why cant the citizens write them up for their infractions. its not right
  • by charles Location: lost creek on Jul 3, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    You all need to leave ann form knott county along what you all need to do is get a job or go in an work early so my check will come on time YOU ALL GOT TO MUCH TIME ON YA HANDS LOL
  • by Rudy Location: Pike on Jul 3, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    I don't see why the cops don't take the 4th off.we all ready have our prisons full.Give every one a break.
  • by Powerlegal Location: Lexington on Jul 2, 2008 at 10:58 PM
    Just so everyone knows, if the police stop you and ask you to take a field sobriety test, you should always refuse it. Refusing a FST carries no penalties and is totally voluntary. Refusing to submit to the tests cannot be used against you in court.
  • by steve on Jul 2, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    Well i am a law abiding person and i have 100 percent respect for police officers but i disagree with the stop points this is good ole frankfort socialism at its best the police is doing what they are told. Its called creeping communism bashear the thrasher and his cronies are going to squeeze the kentucky people these libs could care less about us we cant even get the road sides cut off since this goof liberal took office. They just about took our guns last week when are we the people going to stand up to these nuts enough is enough the libs are destroying this country. They will not do anything for the high gas they are the ones in power not the republicans better wake up America they love a bad economy they love doom and gloom this is just pathetic.
  • by RS Location: Lexington on Jul 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM
    I don't know how much of a deterrent they are. When someone started parking a cruiser near my apartment, all my drug dealing neighbor did was get his customers to enter through the back door instead of the front.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    If those of you are that jealous that police officers get to take there cars home then man up and apply. Oh "BOO-HOO its not fair that they can use their cars off duty", god forbid they get a little extra perk for doing the most dangerous job in america. The fact is that those of you that set on here and blog all day and complain about every law enforcement agency in the state is that you could not be the police even if you wanted to. It takes a very special person to do that job and its obvious that you don't have what it takes. Police have always been able to take their cars home and they always will no matter how high gas prices get. In fact Lexington Metro police added another 100 cruisers to the fleet instead of cutting back. I'm glad some cities have their priorities in line. Thank you to all the officers for what you do every day to protect us. By the way its not just your taxes that pay for their gas, police officers pay taxes too.
  • by Sandra Location: Lexington on Jul 1, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    I jut have to comment to Dan from Russell Springs and everyone regarding using law enforcement vehicles for personal use. I have NO problem with an officer driving the car home and parking it in the driveway. But when we have officers that commute to their jobs over long distances and the taxpayers are footing the bill that's a problem. Law enforcement officers have NO business driving their families around in their cruisers. They earn a paycheck for their job, that does not entitle them to take advantage of taxpayer money to do their personal business. They should have to purchase and maintain a vehicle for their personal use just like the average joe. Take the cruiser home, park it in the driveway - if they need it for a call its there and its visible, but taxpayers aren't responsible for an officer's personal business! Wake up people, this only affects YOUR paycheck in the long run when taxes go up.
  • by Jeb Location: Ky on Jul 1, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    Note for Bill Location: Southeast ky. I always thought the same as you but my law enforcement friends have informed me that they advertise as a deterent. If people know they will be out with road blocks, maybe they won't drink and drive. If you can "deter" crime, it's better than needing beefed up patrols trying to catch those who are breaking the law; in this case, drunk driving. By the way people, it's not profiling or entrapment. If you aren't guilty of anything, a checkpoint is not your enemy. For those who are found to be in violation of the law, you weren't guilty until you got caught...right? LOL! Thanks KSP but please beef up patrols on I-75 between Berea and Lexington.
  • by viewer on Jul 1, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    I have never heard so much foolishness they take the cars home for visablity and quick response they can be called out any time it is a big deterant when you need them do you want them to stay under 55 and crawl or hurry to your rescue,cops are like the doctor its fine when your in trouble but when it comes to paying the bill they are all wrong


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