NC Highway Patrol suffering from trooper shortage

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The N.C. Highway Patrol is struggling with a trooper shortage as members retire and fewer qualified recruits apply to take their places.

Highway Patrol says it’s down about 160 troopers, which is about 10 percent of its work force. This changes the way they respond to accidents, and how they look for dangerous drivers.

There are four million licensed drivers in North Carolina and 1,600 state troopers, which comes out to about one trooper for every 2,500 drivers.

It is not uncommon for one or two troopers to be the only ones patrolling an entire county.

State funding cuts have also put added pressure to the agency, resulting in a hiring freeze on 69 positions.