Local law enforcement worries about gas prices


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Mike Spissinger

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. — By Thursday, gas had increased once again. The national average was $3.88 a gallon, up 34 cents compared to this time last year.

Economists say there is no end in sight to the soaring prices. It means families are tightening the purse strings. The same is true for local law enforcement agencies.

Livingston County Sheriff Bobby Davidson has six cars in his fleet. Each month, it costs him nearly $3,000 in gas.

In January and February, he stayed under budget. Looking over receipts and numbers he said, "That makes me happy."

But that feeling will not stick around long and it's why he is making changes.

"We'll be parking a little more, cutting the engine off," he said.

Patrols will continue but deputies will be directed to stay in the central part of the county so they're closer to calls. Other times, he said they will combine patrols with delivering paperwork.

"When you're out serving papers, what does that do? That puts you out in the county," he continued.

At best, Davidson predicted he can save just a few hundred dollars.

He knows it is not much when it comes to his bottom line but, it is something.

"Every little bit helps."

Gas stations in Livingston County shut off their pumps at 9 p.m., so that means a lot of times, deputies are driving to Paducah or Calvert City to gas up.

Davidson is in the process of installing tanks in Burna and another one near Ledbetter. He said by April 1, his deputies will be able to gas up, all the while saving a few dollars.

Gasoline prices are just a few cents shy of their 2008 all-time high of $4.11 a gallon.