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Ford is kicking off a 10-city Hybrid Patrol tour in Cleveland today, the aim of which is to educate police departments on fuel conservation habits. Police departments use an enormous amount of fuel annually due to the stop-and-go nature of patrol duty. In 2004 Cleveland's finest guzzled 585,000 gallons of gasoline and the department could save nearly $155,025 a year if focused a wee bit more on fuel economy.

The Cleveland Police and Ford will also be patrolling the streets of Cleveland in a 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid and handing out $25 BP gas cards to drivers "caught in the act" of conserving fuel.

Note to Ford: I'll be filling my tires to their proper air pressure at the BP on E. 9th St. around 11 A.M.

[Source: Ford]

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