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Michael Thomas, 2nd in Command at FHP, Resigns Over Ticket-Quota Inquiry

| August 30, 2017

It is the latest fallout from an ongoing investigation into whether troopers were told to meet a traffic-ticket quota, Lt. Col. Michael Thomas was a 30-year veteran and deputy director for the FHP.

FHP’s Cpl. Pete Young, Flagler’s Longest-Serving Cop By Far, Earns Singular Medal

| September 17, 2015

With 500 traffic homicide investigations and into his 5th decade in law enforcement, Pete Young is the longest-serving uniformed cop in Flagler-Palm Coast. He has no plans to stop.

Gene Spaulding Is Named Florida Highway Patrol Director

| August 20, 2015

Spaulding replaces Col. David Brierton, who retired in May. He’d overseen Troop G. the northeast Florida FHP district that includes Flagler County.

They Don’t Just Write Tickets: FHP Trooper Steven Howard Saves Woman’s Life on I-95

| January 29, 2014

Florida Highway Patrol Homicide Investigator Cpl. Steven Howard, a 13-year veteran, was on patrol just north of Palm Coast Parkway when he lucked by a driver in severe distress, seizing or possibly having a stroke, and was able to immediately intervene and ensure the dispatch of a rescue unit. The woman survived.

Florida Highway Patrol Warns Halloween Revelers of Drunk Driving Ticketing Campaign Oct. 31-Nov. 3

| October 29, 2013

This week, the Florida Highway Patrol is again participating in the national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The campaign, from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, is designed to discourage drunk or drugged individuals from driving as police will conduct a combination of targeted enforcement and increase visibility on roadways.

Troopergate: Florida Highway Patrol Was Wrong to Fire Charles Swindle Over Bogus Ticket

| June 10, 2013

The Florida Highway Patrol shouldn’t have fired trooper Charles Swindle, who followed “the agency’s unwritten policy of professional courtesy” toward state legislators, a hearing officer ruled Monday. But that doesn’t mean the ex-trooper was right when issuing less expensive tickets last November to the lawmakers.

FHP Director Julie Jones Is Shocked, Shocked to Hear of Troopers Issuing Fake Tickets

| June 4, 2013

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie Jones said she expects the agency will look into allegations of bogus tickets, described last week by a handful of former and current troopers during an administrative hearing on the firing of former FHP Trooper Charles Swindle.

FHP Troopers Speak of Unwritten Directive to Ticket Lawmakers Less Harshly Than Other Drivers

| May 29, 2013

A sheriff who appeared at a hearing for a trooper fired over for being lenient toward a lawmaker said it’s a “common practice” that legislators have been given leniency on state highways, the same as law enforcement officers regularly waive rules for other law enforcement officers as a “professional courtesy.”

Out-of-Control Car Dives Into a Pond Off I-95 in a Spectacular 2-Vehicle Wreck, Hurting Two

| November 27, 2012

Amber Smith of Palm Coast lost control of her Honda on I-95 this morning, slammed into another car, and flew into a large pond 10 feet below the road level, but was able to crawl out of the half-submerged car and get rescued. An intricate salvage operation ensued.

FHP’s Crackdown and the Prohibitionist Politics of Drunk Driving: A Dissent

| July 6, 2012

Taking aim at today’s deployment of 40 FHP troopers on I-95, Darrell Smith calls the targeting of people who drink–as opposed to drunk drivers–a brown-shirted example of a police state mentality too readily embraced by the public.

FHP Deploying 40 Troopers and 2 Planes on I-95 in Flagler and 3 Other Counties Friday

| July 5, 2012

The Florida Highway Patrol’s Operation Checkered Flag will take place Friday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., targeting aggressive, drunk and speeding drivers. FHP is asking civilian drivers to report such drivers throughout the day, which coincides with races at the Daytona Speedway.

Florida Highway Patrol’s Move-Over Enforcement Nets 1,200 Citations in 29 Days

| March 5, 2012

Troopers also issued more than 69,000 traffic citations and made 620 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. They also cited nearly 24,000 drivers for speeding in the 29-day campaign.

Pursuit of 33-Year-Old Woman on I-95 Ends In 9-Car Smash-Up on Palm Coast Parkway

| February 13, 2012

A vehicle pursuit that started just south of St. Augustine ended as the woman driving a Dodge Charger smashed into cars that had all but stopped at the Cypress Point light on Palm Coast Parkway. Despite severe damage, there were few serious injuries.

Flagler Road Fatalities Rise in 2010 Following Holiday Surge; Florida’s Lowest Since 1978

| January 10, 2011

In Flagler County, 23 people lost their lives in wrecks in 2010, more than the 16 in 2009 but less than the 31 deaths recorded in 2008. Florida had its seemingly safest road year since 1978, according to preliminary numbers.

State Troopers Will Surge Drunk-Driving Patrols Through Labor Day

| August 20, 2010

The highway patrol will be out in full force between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6, hunting drunk drivers.


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