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Wausau Police Department experimenting with hybrid cars

12:55 PM, Mar. 9, 2013
Police go green on parking patrols
Police go green on parking patrols: The Wausau Police Department in January purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid to use on its parking patrols. In its short time in commission, the car has racked up more than 2,000 miles and saved more than $100 in fuel costs.
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It probably never will be used to chase down a speeder, but the Wausau Police Department's newest car still could help give you a ticket.

The car is a Toyota Prius hybrid that runs on both gasoline and electricity. The $23,700 car is being used by the city's parking patrol and could be the first step in a new initiative to help the city go green.

If the car proves to be a good investment, city property inspectors or other workers who don't need the utility of a truck or size of a large sedan could be assigned hybrids, Public Works and Utilities Director Brad Marquardt said. ...

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