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Published: Friday, 7/11/2008

Ohio cities consider gasoline surcharge for speeders

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio Some cities in southwest Ohio are considering a gasoline surcharge for speeders.

A council member in Franklin wants that Warren County community to consider a surcharge to offset the higher cost of gasoline used in police cruisers. Councilman Bob Knipper says if you don't want to pay the additional penalty, don't break the law.

Safety committee members will discuss the idea when they meet next week.

Police officials in Middletown also have talked about a surcharge. They say they're quickly using up money budgeted for gasoline and diesel fuel.

Several police departments have told officers to turn off the engine in their cruisers for a portion of each shift.



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