October 28th, 2010

Smokers beware!

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia, USA has converted 63 police vehicles into hybrid cars running partially on propane. This saves the department  $150,000 a year in fuel costs.

Sheriff Deputy Gary Cox was on patrol recently when he decided to light up a cigarette whilst at the wheel. Unbeknown to the deputy, propane had leaked into the passenger compartment of the car which promptly exploded, forcing the officer to jump out of the vehicle whilst it was travelling at 50mph.

You can see a video news report at the PoliceOne website.

Meanwhile, Jackson County are converting their cars back to petrol & banning smoking in their police cars.

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  1. Rufus says:

    Surely it would make more sense to maintain their cars better (making sure that the tanks don’t leak would be a good start), and install propane detectors (retail for about $50) rather than convert back to a different volatile hydrocarbon?
    Or is that just me thinking of the too obvious again?

    October 29th, 2010 at 09:45

  2. Tony F says:

    Rufus, Spot on!

    October 30th, 2010 at 19:13

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