CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) -- The Virginia State Police has scaled back an aerial speed limit enforcement program due to the program's costs and other factors.

Since 2008, 87 tickets have resulted from troopers patrolling interstates in Cessna 182 airplanes. Troopers issued 5,117 tickets between 2000, when the General Assembly approved the program, and 2008.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller tells The Daily Progress that an hour in the air costs about $150 for fuel and maintenance. The missions range from four-and-a-half to six hours. They require a trooper-pilot, a specially trained trooper to calculate a vehicle's speed and a trooper on the ground.

Geller says the program has been scaled back due to declines in federal funding, state budget cuts and manpower restraints. Bad weather forced the cancellation of some missions.

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