At the state Department of Public Safety, officials are looking for ways to cut costs in hopes of avoiding furloughs, said Maj. Rusty Rhoades. If the department doesn’t find savings to make up its budget cuts, troopers and staff will be forced to take 16 furlough days.
One plan could include taking troopers out of specialized investigation divisions and putting them back on the roads, Rhoades said. Putting more troopers on turnpikes also could help the bottom line since the Turnpike Authority pays for those troopers.
"We don’t want to compromise public safety. We want to minimize the impact to the public.”