Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol
For Release November 21, 2005:
TALLAHASSEE - Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, announced today that the next phase of Operation Safe Ride, a long-term FHP enforcement campaign that focuses on varying traffic themes, will target unlawful speed violators. “There’s an erroneous belief that it’s okay to drive 10 to 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. We want to make clear that this belief is not only wrong, but dangerous. Motorists must recognize that speeding increases the likelihood of a crash and its severity,” said Colonel Knight. FHP troopers will continue to conduct speed and traffic law enforcement as part of their daily enforcement efforts as well as participate in special operations such as this one, which is scheduled for November 22-23, 2005.
This enforcement initiative is the fifth phase of Operation Safe Ride, which features varying traffic enforcement themes in response to statewide needs. The initial phase of Operation Safe Ride was conducted February 26–27, 2004, in response to a growing concern over the frequency of aggressive driving violations throughout Florida. Operation Safe Ride will be conducted in all ten FHP field troops throughout the state. The operation's goals are: to increase compliance of posted speed limits; and to reduce the number of speed-related deaths and injuries in the state.
All available FHP personnel will participate in Operation Safe Ride, including troopers and supervisors normally assigned to non-patrol functions. Unlawful speed violators will be tracked using radar, Vascar, video cameras, motorcycles, and unmarked patrol vehicles. Troopers piloting FHP aircraft will also be used to spot violators from the air and then direct troopers on the ground to pull them over and initiate appropriate enforcement action. Enforcement efforts will be focused on every interstate, Florida's turnpike, and other major state roads in Florida where speeding and aggressive driving are prevalent.