Replacing Oklahoma Highway Patrol vehicles sooner could pay off for agency, lawmaker says
BY MICHAEL McNUTT NewsOK.com
Friday, October 12, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma could save money and improve safety for troopers by getting rid of cruisers when they reach 80,000 miles, or about half the mileage being put on vehicles now, a lawmaker said Thursday.
The state would be able to fetch a higher price for the cruisers, which would be more attractive to Oklahoma police and sheriff's departments, said Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.
Several local departments are buying used patrol vehicles from Kansas, which gets rid of its trooper vehicles when they reach 49,500 miles.
“Those dollars are leaving the state,” Hickman said. “It would be nice to keep those dollars in the state. We're exporting a great deal of law enforcement funding now to surrounding states to buy their used vehicles and quite frankly putting the Kansas … troopers in better vehicles.”
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