Governor Wants to Hire More Troopers

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Governor Bob Riley wants to hire 100 new state troopers to alleviate a lingering personnel shortage. Riley, in a statement today, says his budget proposal for fiscal year 2006 will include funding to add the troopers. The state currently has only 340 troopers patrolling nearly 94-thousand miles of highways.

Earlier this year Public Safety Director, Colonel Mike Coppage, said about 600 troopers are needed to fully patrol the state.

Riley says he is also committed to hiring an additional 100 troopers in fiscal year 2007. He says the need is critical since no more than six or seven state troopers patrol Alabama's highways from midnight to 6 a-m.

A federal study found that speeding surpassed driving under the influence as the leading killer on Alabama's highways.