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State Patrol Reviewing Staffing

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The audit also found that patrol staffing drops significantly after 8 p.m. and on weekends, when most DUI accidents occur. The audit found the patrol has virtually no troopers on the road between midnight and 5 a.m. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)

A state audit shows that the Georgia State Patrol has too many posts and too few troopers on the road when they're needed most.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a 62-page audit shows the state could save more than $1 million annually by cutting the 48 patrol posts in half. The move would cut administrative jobs and put at least 100 more troopers on the road.

The audit also found that patrol staffing drops significantly after 8 p.m. and on weekends, when most DUI accidents occur. The audit found the patrol has virtually no troopers on the road between midnight and 5 a.m.

Patrol officials say they are taking another look at staffing because of the audit but limited state funding has left them unable to pay for employees 24 hours a day.

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