State patrol using lots of gas |

State patrol using lots of gas

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler/Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A trooper with the Colorado State Patrol can put between 120-180 miles per day on a patrol vehicle, if not more.

And with the soaring gas prices ” that can add up to a lot of money.

But so far, it hasn’t caused any cutbacks in the number of vehicles patrolling in this area, according to Capt. Rich Duran, who heads up the State Patrol troop that covers Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties.

“We have 22 patrol cars in our fleet and on any given day there are four to six cars out during the day shift and the same during the night shift,” Duran said. “Are we limiting mileage? No. So far we haven’t had any directive from (the State Patrol headquarters in) Denver.”

And while the increase in gas prices has affected the State Patrol, it so far hasn’t been overwhelming.

“Locally, we haven’t been affected much, but it reduces our budget quite a bit,” Duran said. “Right now, we’re out there doing business as usual ” we’re out there patrolling.”

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