ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The union representing state troopers has filed a complaint saying many patrol vehicles have too much mileage to be safe.
The New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association says 45 percent of roughly 1,300 patrol vehicles in use statewide have traveled more than 100,000 miles.
According to the union, significant breakdowns have occurred, including bearing failure and axle shaft fracture while driven.
Union President Tom Mungeer says the cars are driven in severe weather, at high speeds and on various terrain and the high mileage adds another layer of difficulty.
The union says its complaint was filed since timely action hasn’t been taken to replace vehicles despite concerns raised at legislative hearings on the budget and police safety.
The State Police didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.