- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Some of the patrol cars driven by the Syracuse-area sheriff’s office are so old deputies are using street signs to cover holes in the floorboards.

That’s what Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh has told county lawmakers in an effort to get the funds to replace a dozen vehicles, some of them a decade old with more than 150,000 miles.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (https://bit.ly/10me7UQ ) that the state Department of Labor has issued a notice of violation to the county in response to a complaint filed by the deputies’ union.

Labor Department investigators said that covering holes in vehicle floors with street signs exposes deputies to jagged metal, exhaust fumes and potential road debris.

The county Legislature is expected to vote next week on a measure authorizing the purchase of eight new vehicles.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com

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