(3TV/CBS 5) - With nearly 7,000 miles of highway in the state, troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety certainly have lot of ground to cover.
Traffic stops are continuous, even if it's as mundane as removing an illegal license plate.
But maintaining these patrols takes a lot of money.
And starting in January, you'll be footing the bill with a new fee that's being added to your vehicle registration.
And that fee isn't exactly cheap. Doug Nick is with the Arizona Department of Transportation.
"It's $32, $5 for street-legal off-highway vehicles and street legal golf carts."
That’s right. Beginning next month when you go to the Motor Vehicle Division to register any of your vehicles, you'll be slapped with a $32 public safety fee. Nick says the fee will be on top of your normal registration costs.
"It will show up on a line on the registration coded to show that it is a $32 fee that's paid of every vehicle for every year registered."
The fee was approved last spring by the state legislature when law makers looked for ways to pay for the state's education budget, including raises for teachers.
As money was taken away from the Department of Public Safety to pay that it had to be replaced with something else.
So, the $32 fee was born. It's a fee that will fully fund the entire DPS agency. Jesse Galvez is a captain with DPS.
"The money that this fund brings in is going to help us maintain our day to day operations with the highway patrol."
The fee is expected to generate at least $168 million for DPS. Not many people know about the new fee and some consumers aren't exactly thrilled with having to pay it.
“It's not good for the people who are employed and barely making it from one end to the other. I think it's a real [sic] bad, bad thought."
On the other side, however, if you want DPS to keep patrolling, the fee won't be going away.