KSP plans to crack down on gas prices

In May the Kentucky State Police spent $132,000 more on gas than it did in May of 2007 and it was for six percent less gas.

On top of all that, starting Tuesday a new gas tax in Kentucky will mean an additional 1.5 percent on every gallon will be collected by the state.

In accordance, Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer has announced a solution for the budget crunch and it involves everyone who drives in the Commonwealth.

KSP's new summer enforcement campaign is called Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K., which stands for Concentrated Highway Enforcement Checkpoints in Kentucky.

Brewer is instructing troopers to decrease the number of roving patrols and increase the number of stationary checkpoints.

"There's really no way you can cut out roving patrols," Lt. David Crafton, KSP Post 16, said. "It's necessary and we're going to continue to answer calls for service just like we always have, but we're going to schedule more traffic checkpoints."

KSP Post 16 plans to schedule 15 checkpoints over the forth of July weekend within its six county region. They'll be working alongside Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and city and county officers to set up the checkpoints at high crash areas that have been pre-approved by the state.

Crafton said they will have to assess the situation for the operation of the checkpoints.

"Now, if we get to the point where it's creating congestion, we'll stop the road check and let everybody through," Crafton said. "If officers are taking enforcement action, we may have to stop the road check, but our policy is to check everybody that goes through the road check."

Unlike in years past, troopers don't have to announce the sites ahead of time. They'll be looking for impaired drivers, unlicensed and uninsured drivers, expired tags and general vehicle safety violations.

The goal is to perform at least 200 checkpoints statewide by Labor Day weekend.

KSP in Henderson say they've already reduced their fuel costs by 10 percent in March and April by doing more stationary patrols, doubling up in their cruisers and taking fewer trips to Frankfort.