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cover more ground than they could on foot.

“You’re also higher up so you’re able to see greater dis­tances, which also makes it eas­ier to re­spond. And with the Seg­ways, we don’t get tired and we’re able to stay on task,” he said.

The Seg­ways are a part of an ef­fort by the City of Cov­ing­ton and the po­lice depart­ment to find ways to help con­serve city re­sources.

“We were asked by the mayor and the coun­cil to look for al­ter­na­tives to fuel con­sump­tion while on pa­trol and this is an elec­tric al­ter­na­tive to do­ing that,” Mal­colm said.

The depart­ment plans to use the ve­hi­cles dur­ing com­muni- ty events, for park­ing en­force­ment and city pa­trol, or dur­ing high traf­fic times at area shop­ping cen­ters, such as dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

“We won’t re­spond to ac­ci­dents on the Seg­ways. It’s just for those spe­cial sit­u­a­tions where we need to con­cen­trate on a cer­tain area,” Mal­colm said.

The bat­tery-pow­ered elec­tric units can reach speeds of 12.5 miles per hour and can travel up to 24 miles on a sin­gle charge. The Seg­ways, which cost the de­part- ment around $9,800, were pur­chased us­ing seized drug money.

Cur­rently, the depart­ment owns only two Seg­ways, but Mal­colm said he sees adding more units to the fleet in the fu­ture.

“We’re very early in this pro­gram and it wouldn’t sur­prise me if down the road, we buy ad­di­tional Seg­ways,” said Mal­colm. “At ev­ery spe­cial event, where there will be a num­ber of peo­ple there, you’re go­ing to see these from now on.”

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