updated 10/9/2007 6:51:28 AM ET 2007-10-09T10:51:28

High gas prices are forcing deputies in Utah's third-largest county to watch the odometer.

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Officers in Davis County have been told to limit their driving to 75 to 100 miles during a 12-hour shift, through the end of the year, sheriff's Lt. Brad Wilcox said Monday.

Wilcox said the sheriff's department spends more than $25,000 a month on gas. "Our fuel costs are way over budget," he said. "We had a couple months where fuel prices were through the roof."

Does that mean that crooks will go wild?

"Absolutely not," Wilcox said. "It's ridiculous to think because we're trying to save money on gas, deputies are not allowed to respond to calls for service. That's just not going to happen."

Wilcox said the restriction is like a kidney stone — "it will pass."

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