FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL: MAKING THE WORLD SAFER ONE SEATBELT TICKET AT A TIME

The other day as I was on my way to the courthouse I stopped at a red traffic light. It was there that I saw three FHP cruisers parked on the grass.  Then I watched as the troopers got out of their vehicles donned yellow safety patrol vests over their uniforms, huddled up like a football team, yelled break and clapped.  Then with their hats on and stern looks they approached the vehicles stopped at the red light and ordered anyone who did not have a seat-belt on to pull over on the side of the road to be ticketed. As I watched them break from their huddle I recalled the first scene in most episodes of Hill Street Blues when after the morning roll call was done, the Lieutenant would look at his officers before they embarked on their mission to make the inner city streets safer, and say: “Be careful out there.” I couldn’t help but wonder what the three-person crew of the FHP said to each other when they broke huddle. Maybe it was: Let’s make the world safer, one seat-belt ticket at a time.

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