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Florida highway safety chief: no quotas allowed at FHP

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Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are Truly “Troopers”

Major Mark Welch in Tallahassee emailed troopers under his command asking for two citations per hour.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers around large trucks beginning today, as the department starts another initiative to target risky motorists.

Florida state troopers are among the lowest-paid in the country, though the recent SOAR initiative encourages them to work the roads more by bumping up their pay.


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FHP gets no money from the tickets its troopers write. The order only applies to North Florida. "The FHP absolutely does not establish quotas for its members, however, an interaction with an FHP Trooper, whether it is through a warning or citation, can undoubtedly save countless lives each year", said FHP Lt. Colonel Michael Thomas in a statement.

During the campaign, troopers will ticket drivers displaying aggressive behavior, such as following too closely, speeding and changing lanes in an unsafe manner, the Highway Patrol said. "It's not about meeting quotas".

"It's like a want", Thomas said. "We're just trying to promote our guys getting out, making the stops, having contact with the public, educating them, and we do have discretion".

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In Miami-Dade, troopers who met their ticket-writing goals for March were given a weekend off, the publication reported.

Next week, Gov. Rick Scott and the cabinet will look over a plan to boost trooper salaries an additional 10 percent.

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