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FHP Troopers Issue Over 4,000 Citations
During Operation Safe Ride

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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release December 21, 2004:

Tallahassee - The Florida Highway Patrol is releasing enforcement totals for the third phase of Operation Safe Ride, a 48-hour statewide aggressive driving enforcement operation that was conducted December 22–23, 2004. Operation Safe Ride was conducted in all ten FHP field troops throughout the state.

        Enforcement totals from the 2-day campaign include the following:

Total Citations 4,472
Total Misdemeanor Citations 320
Total Warnings 1,178
Faulty Equipment Notices 646
Total Miles Patrolled 101,166
Aggressive Driving Citations 201
Speed Citations 2,609
Following Too Closely 85
Improper Lane Change 192
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way 80
Improper Passing 20
Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device 71
Move-Over Citations 16
Driving Under the Influence Arrests 44
Occupant Restraint Citations 398
Reckless Driving Citations 9
Other Citations 1,312

The Florida Highway Patrol launched the first phase of Operation Safe Ride, a statewide enforcement operation, on February 26-27, 2004. The campaign was created in response to a growing concern over aggressive drivers and incidents of road rage throughout Florida. Operation Safe Ride features varying traffic themes, seeking to not only curb hazardous violations, but to heighten awareness toward the particular issue chosen during each enforcement wave. The second phase of Operation Safe Ride targeted commercial vehicle violations. The two-day initiative was held May 13-14, 2004. During the third phase, the FHP once again targeted aggressive driving violations. FHP troopers utilized all available resources to track violators, including our new Mercury Marauders. During the enforcement details, troopers focused their enforcement efforts on every interstate, Florida's Turnpike, and other major state roads in Florida where aggressive and hazardous moving violations are prevalent.


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