PHOENIX - Saying she should have been consulted, Gov. Janet Napolitano on Thursday ordered the state Department of Public Safety to rescind an order that Highway Patrol driving be reduced because of high gasoline prices.
DPS officials had said Highway Patrol officers would be traveling fewer miles, partly by writing reports while on the road instead of returning to DPS offices and by increased use of radar speed guns to apprehend speeders.
However, Napolitano said Thursday in a memo to DPS Director Roger Vanderpool that reducing the Highway Patrol's presence on Arizona highways should be a last resort and not undertaken without a thorough review, including consultation with her office.
Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L'Ecuyer says Vanderpool's order, first reported Thursday by The Arizona Republic in a front-page story, was a surprise to the governor and her staff. L'Ecuyer said Napolitano still has confidence in Vanderpool.