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Highway Patrol Assures Cabinet There's No Ticket Quota

Florida Highway Patrol & Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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.

“I just asked some troopers—hey do you have quotas?" Bondi said during the Cabinet meeting.  "And [they said] absolutely not, without hesitation."

"Stupid statement," Bondi said of the major's quota email.  "That’s the only way to describe what that person said.”

After the meeting patrol leadership was adamant no quota exists.  Executive director Terry Rhodes and Colonel Gene Spaulding say they’re reviewing disciplinary options and working on additional training.  

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.