Florida Highway Patrol Major Mark Welch recently sent an email to troopers in an eight-county region around Tallahassee instructing them that since they have received a 5% raise, they need to write two tickets an hour while on an overtime traffic enforcement program. He said North Florida troopers are only issuing 1.3 citations an hour, and that is not good enough.
Naturally, word of this instruction spread like wildfire, as according to state law, ticket quotas are illegal. State highway safety chief Terry Rhodes, who reports to Governor Rick Scott, quickly issued a memo stating that quotas have no place within the Florida Highway Patrol. She also said, “Getting in the black and tan to patrol the roadways is expected. Helping to educate and assist motorists is expected. Protecting lives is expected. Quotas are not part of our mission, operationally or legally.”