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Cedar Falls Police cut idling time

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- With the price of a gallon of gas on the rise, everyone is looking for ways to lessen the pain at the pump. The Cedar Falls Police Department is doing its part by installing a new device in squad cars that will keep the battery charged without having to let car idle.

A squad car is packed full of electronics including the radio, the computer, and everything in between. To keep the car's battery from going dead police officers usually just keep the car running. That was until now.

Police Chief Jeff Olson says IdleRight will only turn the car on when the battery starts getting low.

"They have to leave the cars idling because if they turn it off they're going to come back to a dead battery if it's off for any period of time. You'll see squad cars sitting around idling a lot and of course you use a lot of fuel and there's a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the engines. Of course in the summer time you have a car over heat," said Chief Olson.

With the price of a gallon of gasoline going up almost daily this new IdleRight product is expected to save the city of Cedar Falls a considerable amount. City officials say during a six hour period with a car idling it will take four gallons of gas. In the same time period they say with this new IdleRight product it should only take a quarter gallon.

The device only costs $321.

"If we use the $4.00 a gallon price that's $16.00 dollars a day and you multiply that time the number of days you use it, it doesn't take long to pay off the device. It's also a device you can remove when we take that car to service we can remove it and put it on our next car," said Olson.

Right now only two Cedar Falls squad cars have IdleRight. City officials say more will be ordered and other vehicles in the city fleet may also get it installed.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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