FHP Uses Semi Trucks for Traffic Stops

Last week an article was posted at thedrive.com to warn drivers that the Florida Highway Patrol has three semi-truck units in use to monitor traffic for violators and even pull over offending vehicles.

FHP started this program back in 2014 by outfitting a former Florida Department of Transportation semi in FHP colors, branding, and patrol lights. It was used to spot moving violations such as texting, open containers of alcohol, and aggressive driving, then report those to troopers further down the road who could pull over the offending drivers. Despite the truck being marked as an FHP vehicle, drivers paid little attention and passed it.

FHP later decided to authorize truck troopers to skip reporting the violators and instead initiate traffic stops on their own. These occasions are actually rare, however, as the trucks are primarily used for spotting.

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