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State Patrol Trying to Keep Up With Gas Prices

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YAKIMA, Wash - The average price for a gallon of gas in Washington continues to climb to new record highs.  It's a pain for drivers, but it also for local law enforcement.

The Washington State Patrol has certainly taken a hit.  They continue to have cars patrolling the streets and highways.  The Washington Department of Transportation provides their gas and it isn't much cheaper than what we pay at the pump.

To keep up with the current gas prices the State Patrol will need an additional $2.2 million, according to Sgt. Ed McAvoy.  The Yakima State Patrol division says the prices won't keep them from doing their job.

"You'll see very little change if no change from our troopers locally when it comes to the response of collisions or traffic law enforcement," says Sgt. McAvoy.

Currently in the State Patrol budget, $2.56 is allotted for a gallon of gas.  The budget could change to $3.03 a gallon.