State Troopers to Drive Less

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Simpson says his agency has cut the miles troopers can travel as part of an effort to save money.

The Mississippi Legislature cut the department's budget by 5 percent last year and executive cuts by Gov. Haley Barbour pushed it up to 9 percent, with another trim likely in the next several weeks.

Simpson said he expects the 2011 budget to be 9 percent smaller. He told The Hattiesburg American editorial board the department has taken various measures to cut costs, including reducing the number of miles each trooper travels monthly in his or her territory from 5,000 to 2,500.

That move will ease the wear and tear on the troopers' vehicles, but will reduce their patrols significantly.

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  • by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    Yay!! Now that they have cut their mileage in half, not only will they save the state money, but they will save me money on speeding tickets... hopefully.
  • by June River on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:28 PM
    Anonymous, you are right. And if they could get them back to the speed limit they enforce, they would get better gas mileage. In fact, most cops could do that one.
  • by Johnny Walker Location: Lauderdale on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    Working Mama. I would urge you to give those troopers a break today. A trooper in troop H lost his mother and had the funeral today. I don't think anyone anywhere would begrude them for using a car for that. In fact most processions are led by some type of law enforcement free of charge to anyone who requests it. Don't be so low.
  • by working mama Location: Lauderdale Co. on Feb 24, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    This is interesting. I just passed 6-7 hwy. patrol cars with their lights on, but driving slowly. Upon further investigation...I found they were all on their way to a funeral. Is this something that will be discontinued?
  • by jow Location: meridian on Feb 24, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    Great, this means we'll go from hardly ever seeing a trooper to never seeing one. Free for all on the highway, hope my family doesn't get hurt.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    Let me make a suggestion to the Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner... how about stop allowing state troopers to use their patrol cars as personal vehicles? That would cut down on the miles and gas! I was married to a trooper on the gulf coast who thought he could drive all the way to Meridian in his patrol car twice a month to pick up our child for visitation. Don't believe me?? Ask the witnesses at the daycare center where he picked up our child - they mentioned this to me on several occasions. Obviously, not every trooper is abusing their privileges in this manner, but how in the world was that acceptable? How did he explain those miles on his vehicle? Or course, this same trooper hasn't paid his child support in the past 20 months either (or bothered to contact/visit our child in any way). Maybe I am stereotyping the rest of the troopers based on this one bad apple...
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