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Report: The 'Troubling Practices' of Fla. Police Speeding

February 14, 2012  | 

Florida police officers who were speeding when they crashed were cited far less frequently than civilians, according to a report in the Sun Sentinel.

The newspaper, which published a two-part investigative story on police speeding, reported other "troubling practices" such as officers not being cited for speeding, off-duty speeding that goes unchallenged unless someone complains, and punishment that can be as slight as a verbal or written reminder to obey the speed limit.

Tallahassee attorney Lance Block told the newspaper, "If you have a badge, you can do anything on the roads." Block sued the Broward Sheriff's Office on behalf of a motorist injured in a crash with a deputy.

Police speeding occurs because of a "culture among cops who seem to regard driving fast as an entitlement, and an atmosphere of tolerance by their supervisors," according to the report.

At least 320 law enforcement officers across Florida were involved in crashes from 2004 through 2010 that were blamed on the officers' speeding. Only 12% (37) were ticketed.

Tags: Officer Misconduct, Catching Speeders, Florida Highway Patrol, Thin Blue Line


Comments (3)

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John @ 2/15/2012 5:17 AM

We are not above the law, we have to be role models to the public.

Trigger @ 2/15/2012 6:25 AM

After the article came out I had the opportunity to talk with a former Florida officer who is employed by a neighboring agency. He advised that the reporter should have dug a little deeper regarding the tickets. Many of the officer do not receive a criminal ticket however they do receive a ticket for the same charge through a citizen (or whatever you want to call it) review board. The main difference is that it does not appear on the drivers records. The discipline involved can be (and usually is) more severe that the criminal side. I am sure there are variables among the many agencies in Florida, it is critical that all the facts (evidence) are presented before we (the jury) pass judgement (assumptions).

Rob @ 2/19/2012 8:32 PM

Why then on the post about the off duty city cop speeding in his government car was such a hot topic of him being pulled over. He was off duty and not running to a code. Enforce the law follow the law. Same for a cop who will write a ticket to someone for not wearing a seat belt then drive off not wearing theirs.

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