Burnam didn’t ask for either of those requests to be approved that meeting. Instead, he wants to find enough funds to purchase another vehicle, whether it’s via seized drug money, money from surplussed vehicles or money from security contracts with highway contractors. He said that although it’s a case-by-case basis, no police vehicle should be driven more than 150,000 miles.
“These cars aren’t driven light, they’re driven hard. You know, we’ve got to get to places, and I tell guys we need to slow down, slow down, slow down. But even at slower speeds, you’re driving them hard, you’re accelerating, you’re putting on the brakes hard, you’re turning hard. And that puts wear and tear on the vehicle.” Burnam said. “And it’s not a problem until it becomes a problem.”
After 150,000 miles, vehicles can get metal fatigue, wheels can come off, and other problems can happen, said Burnam.
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