Kentucky state police boost checkpoints, save on gas

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky State Police officials say they're saving on gas with fewer rolling patrols and more checkpoints.

Commissioner Rodney Brewer has been urging troopers to drive around on patrol less because of increasing gasoline prices. Instead, troopers have been conducting more checkpoint patrols.

Between July 1 and September 1, state police have conducted 1,103 safety road checks across the state. They resulted in 342 DUI arrests, 405 seat belt violations and 129 drug arrests. There were also 4 stolen vehicles recovered, 120 child restraint violations and 254 suspended license violations.

Police said Tuesday they've saved 3,770 gallons of gas and about $14,000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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