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It’s been a tough week for the Florida Highway Patrol. Talk of speeding ticket quotas led to the resignation of a Troop Commander. But, the law enforcement agency is now trying to put that behind them, and move forward.

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The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says they are not running a ticket quota system. The statement comes after an officer told his troopers they’re not issuing enough speeding citations.

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This month, Florida officials are highlighting the state’s Move Over Law and reminding motorists to move over for stopped emergency and utility vehicles. It’s especially important after a spike in crashes last year.

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The “Stuff The Charger” Thanksgiving Food Drive is underway. It’s a way for the Florida Highway Patrol to collect food donations for needy families as well as recent storm victims.

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Florida’s Cabinet recently got a first look at state agency budget requests.  With budget projections showing empty state coffers, those agencies are eyeing state trust funds.

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Drowsy Driving Prevention Week is underway, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles are partnering with several law enforcement groups to recognize the importance of the issue.

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August is Child Safety Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles along with several other state agencies are partnering with law enforcement groups to recognize the importance of the month.

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For the past 10 years, there’s been a system in place allowing Floridians to register their contact information in case of an emergency situation. And, as residents continue to prepare for hurricane season, officials are stressing the importance of enrolling in that program.

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Two state lawmakers are hoping to offer more to help deaf Floridians, who are facing arrest.

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The head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles outlined some of her priorities, ahead of the 2016 legislative session.

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A bill making it easier for disabled veterans to renew or replace disabled parking permits is now heading to the Senate floor. Its sponsor is Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa).

“After the initial certification for a disabled parking permit, which meets the statutory standards, this bill would require qualified veterans to submit form 27-333 in lieu of a certificate of disability for subsequent renewals or a replacement of the permit,” said Joyner.

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Florida transportation officials presented lawmakers with a new plan Thursday for handling unpaid tolls.  The department’s goal is to handle violations in-house rather than sending it to the courts.

Up until last February, the Department of Transportation dealt with delinquent toll violations by issuing what’s known as a uniform traffic citation that sent the case to court.  But Department official Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti says her agency is better equipped to handle the problem. 

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Governor Rick Scott has chosen a new permanent leader for the Florida Department of Corrections. And, some are calling Scott’s fourth pick for prison chief “a good fit.”

On Wednesday, Scott announced Julie Jones, the former head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will lead the state’s troubled prison system.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law redesigning military and veteran specialty license plates as well as updating references to certain wars under Florida’s statute.

The bill signed Thursday contains several provisions, including renaming the Korean Conflict Veteran special license plate to “Korean War.” Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Spokesman Steve Murray says it also makes that change in Florida statute along with replacing references to the “Vietnam Era.”

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A state lawmaker is hoping to legislatively pursue an effort to automatically register Florida voters when they get a new driver’s license. While some say it could make for a more efficient voter registration process, some wonder if there could be a negative impact as well.

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Renee Bourdeau is about to get her name changed on her new Florida driver’s license at the Leon County Tax Collector’s office.

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A Democratic lawmaker has re-filed a bill seeking to automatically register Florida voters, and some say strengthening the state’s motor voter law is a step in the right direction.

Currently, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles officials are supposed to ask eligible residents getting or renewing their driver’s license if they would like to register to vote. But, Florida League of Women Voters President Deirdre Macnab says that’s often not the case.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is warning residents to beware of e-mail fraud that appears to come from the agency. The fraudsters are using the department’s name and e-mail address to send a type of spam known as phishing.

Floridians now have the opportunity to vote on their favorite license plate design online. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is asking residents to do their part to upgrade Florida’s tags.

Residents can choose between four designs. And, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Spokeswoman Kirsten Olsen-Doolan says a panel of about 20 people, ranging from law enforcement officers to tax collectors, helped to design the new plates.

A proposal to change Florida’s license plates is now on hold, after the state’s tax collectors raised concerns about the distribution of the new tags.  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently tabled the issue, and it’s hoping to hash out a proposal to make sure the redesign of the plates is something everyone wants.

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Florida could be losing at least $4 million a year in fines because the state’s license plates are too hard to read. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles had planned to address the problem through a redesign of the tags. But, opposition from the state’s tax collectors caused the department to reassess the proposal at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.