Archive for July 2009

FHP to increase enforcement during 4th of July

July 3, 2009

Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney Gary Cole learned that the Florida Highway Patrol will conduct Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) from July 3rd through July 5th. Operation C.A.R.E will focus on drives who speed, do not wear seat belts, and who may be Driving Under the Influence.

All available troopers, auxiliary troopers, and reserve troopers will be visible on the roads conducting DUI checkpoints and using DUI roving teams over the three day weekend. FHP plans to use RADAR, LASER, motorcycles, marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to track speeders and aggressive drivers. In certain areas, FHP plans to use its aircraft to spot violators from the air and then direct troopers on the ground to make the traffic stop. Operation C.A.R.E will focus FHP efforts on every interstate, the Florida turnpike and other major state roads throughout Florida.

Governor Crist signs new prescription drug tracking bill

July 3, 2009

Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed a prescription drug tracking bill into law. Until this law was signed, Florida was among a number of states without a prescription monitoring program. The new law will create a database where doctors and pharmacists will be required to record prescriptions for most drugs given to patients. The law’s goal is to close what some have called a “pipeline” for drugs that leads to other states and to detect and prevent “doctor shopping”. Boyd County, Kentucky Sheriff Terry Keelin stated that the majority of people arrested by his department for drug crimes are getting their pills from Florida pain clinics. .