A new Dodge Charger is on loan to the Department of Public Safety for a one-week trial. According to Director of Public Safety Todd Pelazza, the Charger is on campus to test fuel economy and efficiency.

“It’s the first option we’re looking into,” he said. “We’re looking for something more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.” Pelazza cited the FlexFuel Chevrolet Tahoe as the only other vehicle currently under consideration. “Over four years, we put about 130,000 miles on a car,” he said. “We put in a request for a new car every year and try to rotate one out every year.” Currently the Department of Public Safety employs Police Interceptor Ford Crown Victorias. “The Chargers have V8’s too, but when they’re not under stress they run on just four cylinders.”

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