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FHP Troopers Issue Over 6,000 Citations During
Operation Safe Ride

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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release February 28, 2005:

Tallahassee - The Florida Highway Patrol is releasing enforcement totals for the fourth phase of Operation Safe Ride, a 48-hour statewide aggressive driving enforcement operation that was conducted February 24 – 25, 2005. 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 6,065
Total Misdemeanor Citations 427
Total Warnings 1,171
Faulty Equipment Notices 707
Total Miles Patrolled 107,570
Speed Citations 3,242
Following Too Closely 84
Improper Lane Change 96
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way 69
Improper Passing 46
Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device 124
Move-Over Citations 9
Driving Under the Influence Arrests 31
Occupant Restraint Citations 538
Aggressive Driving Citations 201

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. The third phase on Operation Safe Ride was held December 22-23, 2004. Once again, the theme of the operation 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. By implementing enforcement initiatives such as Safe Ride, our agency continues to execute innovative measures aimed at curbing the rising number of deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes on Florida roadways.


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