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Monday, March 16, 2009

Ticket Blitz Faces Drivers Today

Ripped from the Headlines The Sheriff's Office is letting us know they are going to try to track you down!!!!!

By Macollvie Jean-Francois South Florida Sun-Sentinel

BROWARD COUNTY - Drivers beware: Starting this morning, Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and state troopers will be out in force, conducting a ticket blitz to stop aggressive driving in western Broward County, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The joint operation to find and stop aggressive motorists, and infractions like failing to "Move Over" or wear seatbelts will go on for four days, Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles said in a news release. Squads will be on Interstates 75 and 595 and on the Sawgrass Expressway from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday, the officers will patrol those highways from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.The need for such an operation is underscored by a crash Thursday that left Sheriff's Deputy Tony Morales hospitalized, Jachles said. Morales, a member of the Regional Traffic Enforcement Unit, was making a traffic stop on Interstate 95, with his emergency lights on, when driver Jessica Schwartz, 23, plowed into his cruiser.

Officials called the crash a "classic example" of a driver failing to obey the state law requiring motorists to move over one lane when they see emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Morales had participated in a recent event highlighting the need for drivers to give authorities a wide berth on the road.

Also on March 27, the multi-agency anti-aggressive driving taskforce that issued 189 tickets during a these "Blitz on Aggressive Drivers" a few weeks ago in western Broward will again be out in force, Jachles said. This time, "Operation BAD" officers will work on I-95 from Davie Boulevard to Hillsboro Boulevard, using a variety of unmarked cars and motorcycles as well as marked patrol cars.

Drive safely. Don't become a statistic. Respect the roads, your fellow drivers, and the community you are a part of. What if they gave a ticket blitz and no tickets came? What if everyone just obeyed the speed limits all the time? Wouldn't we all be safer and smarter?

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