KOTV reports that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol announces a new cutback on travel – for troopers patrolling the state’s highways.
It’s a reaction to the continuing state budget crisis and it’s a remarkable cut to a basic function of the patrol.
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Starting Thursday, troopers face a 100-miles-driving-limit each day which basically eliminates ‘routine patrol’.
The new budget cuts limit highway patrol troopers to 100 miles each day and patrol aircraft will be practically grounded with flying hours reduced to only urgent needs.
That’s on top of previous cuts that eliminated a new trooper academy and stopped the modernization of their radio system.