Uh, oh. Here's an effect from high gas prices that adds urgency to resolving the issue. The Lenawee County Sheriff's Department in Michigan got hit hard by the high gas prices caused by Hurricane Katrina last year. According to Sheriff Larry Richardson, the department will run through its budget by the end of September with increased gas prices the prime culprit. While other police departments have been limiting the number of miles officers can drive their vehicles daily to cut down fuel costs, Richardson is adamant against such tactics. Instead he is looking at switching to motorcycles for patrols. The department considered E85 for its flex-fuel vehicles as well but high demand makes the alternative fuel even more expensive than regular gasoline.
[Source: Daily Telegram]