Florida Highway Patrol

Highway Patrol Fires Two For 'Hateful, Racist’ Remarks About Protesters

Jun 3, 2020
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A state trooper posted racially charged messages on social media that suggested he would act violently against protesters and “give them good lead."

Cpl. Daniel Maldonado, 36, posted the messages in the private WhatsApp chat app. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles fired Maldonado and another employee after the South Florida Sun Sentinel alerted the department to the posts.

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Unless you are going to President Donald Trump’s rally Tuesday, stay away from the BB&T Center.

Sunrise is expecting heavy traffic near the arena and the nearby Sawgrass Mills mall with “tens of thousands” of people expected to attend, according to an advisory issued by the city. The Sawgrass Expressway near the arena will be closed to commercial trucks during the afternoon rush hour, and drivers can expect significant delays with traffic being merged into one lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Fatal Crash Closes Stretch Of I-95 In South Broward

Oct 31, 2019

A northbound stretch of Interstate 95 was closed to traffic before dawn Thursday because of a crash that the Florida Highway Patrol says involves a fatality.

The crash near the exit to Pembroke Road (Exit 19) was reported shorty after 2 a.m., according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

One northbound express lane appears to be getting through the crash scene, but mainline I-95 traffic is being diverted off the highway at Pembroke Road. Delays are stretching back to Ives Dairy Road in Miami-Dade County.

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A passenger on a private flight headed out of Key West stepped in front of the plane Saturday night and was struck by the propeller, which severed one of her arms, police said.

Rebecca Lynn Gray, 45, of Fort Myers, was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and then airlifted to a Miami-area hospital in stable condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, which is handling the case.

The incident happened at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the Key West International Airport.

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Lawyers for two black women involved in police altercations in South Florida are calling for criminal charges against officers, citing an excessive use of force. 

Dyma Loving says she was assaulted during an arrest on March 5 by a Miami-Dade Police officer after she reported that someone pointed a shotgun at her.

One week later, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper fatally shot Latasha Walton on March 12 as she drove away during a traffic stop. Both incidents were captured on video.

Third FHP Official Suspended As Probe Ends

Aug 31, 2017

The Florida Highway Patrol is suspending a top official for three days as part of its review into whether troopers were ordered to meet traffic ticket quotas.

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The second-highest ranking officer in the Florida Highway Patrol is stepping down after acknowledging he wrote an email in May encouraging troopers to write at least two tickets per hour.

In the latest fallout from an ongoing investigation into whether troopers were told to meet a traffic-ticket quota, Lt. Col. Michael Thomas, a 30-year veteran and deputy director for the FHP, submitted a letter of resignation on Monday, indicating his last work day will be Friday.

The Florida Cabinet gave a tongue lashing to the head of Florida’s highway patrol after a North Florida major told his troopers he expected two citations an hour.  State law prohibits ticket quotas.  Attorney General Pam Bondi criticized the directive.

The Florida Highway Patrol says there were more than 100,000 hit and run crashes in the state last year alone.  That left more than 1,200 people seriously hurt.  Among them, a 13-year-old boy, from eastern Hillsborough County whose injuries will heal, but the driver who struck him is still on the loose. Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Gaskins says people drive off for any number of reasons. 

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Friday is the last day of classes for Miami-Dade and Broward County public schools. Students are on Spring Break next week. Florida Highway Patrol visited South Miami High school to warn students about driving during the break.

This is Trooper Joe Sanchez’s fifth year visiting South Miami students.

"We expect more motorists out on the road. Our traffic is gonna increase in South Florida," says Sanchez. "Come down here. Have a great time. Enjoy yourself, but be careful."

He says because there are more drivers on the streets, there are usually more incidents.

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Drivers complain about cyclists taking over the road. Cyclists complain about drivers not sharing the road. Pedestrians are afraid of getting hit while crossing the road.

Palm Beach County's police department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout this week to make sure everyone's following the rules.

It's the second time police take over to make sure everyone's behaving on the road. The first time around, police issued 148 warnings and 175 citations between Palm Beach and Hillsboro Beach.

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South Florida commuters will see some changes on I-75 and I-595 as improvements like noise buffers and new ramps begin.

Because of work on its express lanes, I-75 will get wider lanes near Sheridan Street, which will come with "noise walls" to keep surrounding neighborhoods quiet.

Broward County engineers are also  fixing the timing on some traffic signals at exits along I-595, particularly where drivers have complained of lengthy waits at the westbound State Road 84 and Davie Road intersection.

The signals should be fixed in the coming weeks.

Stretch Of I-95 Memorializes Fallen Trooper

Aug 25, 2014
Taimy Alvarez / Sun Sentinel

Two new signs were put up on Interstate 95 this month. They read “Trooper Kimberly Ann Hurd Memorial Highway” to remember Florida's first female trooper killed in the line of duty 22 years ago.

Kimberly grew up in North Collins, New York. Her mother Beverly Boltz says her daughter was a private person with an adventurous side.

“She was always independent. If she said she was going to do something she'd do it," says Beverly. "As a small child, I'd find her up in a tree or hanging out from a branch.”

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The Florida Highway Patrol issued more than eight citations per hour during Operation I-95 Saturation last week.

In response to public complaints about a lack of enforcement on 95 in Miami-Dade County, FHP roughly doubled its enforcement Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., expanding the hours from the originally planned 10-to-4 timeframe.

FHP Cracking Down on I-95 Driving This Week

Feb 10, 2014
Kenny Malone

 

The people have spoken and now they must slow down.

On Feb. 10, the Florida Highway Patrol launched Operation I-95 Saturation in Miami-Dade County, essentially doubling the number of troopers on one of South Florida’s main arteries. The increased enforcement will be in place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday this week.

“Well, it came about because we’ve gotten complaints that there haven’t been enough troopers out on I-95,” said Trooper Joe Sanchez, a spokesman for the FHP in Miami-Dade County.