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VOL. 126 | NO. 23 | Thursday, February 03, 2011

Safety Department Proposes Cutting 29 Troopers

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is proposing cutting 29 highway patrol troopers and 36 driver's license workers across the state.

Gibbons told Republican Gov. Bill Haslam during a budget hearing Wednesday that the cuts along with some other reductions could save close to $4 million.

Gibbons acknowledged the cuts would probably mean reduction in coverage by troopers and an increased wait time at driver's license centers.

The average wait time now at most centers is roughly 45 minutes, which Gibbons says is unacceptable.

To remedy the program, state officials are encouraging individuals to register online and reallocating workers to centers where they're needed most.

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