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Operation H.E.A.T. spokesman Sergeant Snead outlines operational procedures.
Operation H.E.A.T. spokesman Sergeant Brannon M. Snead
outlines operational procedures.

On July 11, 2008, the Florida Highway Patrol kicked off the second of four phases of Operation H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement-Accident Reduction Team, an enhanced multi-agency enforcement detail utilizing the combined enforcement efforts of FHP’s Troop H, the Gadsden County Sheriff's Department, the Florida Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Compliance Office, and the Havana Police Department to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities on the roadways within Gadsden County. The second phase of Operation H.E.A.T. was ablaze on all major state roadways throughout Gadsden County.

At 10:00 A.M., the morning's temperature was turned up at a press conference held at the Gadsden County Sheriff's Department. FHP's Troop H Commander, Major Timothy J. Ashley, delivered a brief statement during the press conference, stressing the following topics.

  • Zero Tolerance for hazardous moving violations
  • Zero Tolerance for unlawful speed violations
  • Zero Tolerance for seat belt and child restraint violations
  • Reduction of serious injury and fatality crashes through selective enforcement
  • Motorist education of Florida's Move-Over Law through a combination of enforcement, local & statewide media, and informational materials
  • Zero Tolerance on commercial motor vehicle moving and non-moving hazardous violations

As Operation H.E.A.T.'s temperature smoldered, the enforcement totals came in as follows:
Enforcement Breakdown
Total Citations Issued:122
Unlawful Speed Citations:44
Move Over Law Citations:30
Seat Belt Citations:9
Faulty Equipment Notices:28
Written Warnings:55
Misdemeanor Arrest: 2
Disabled Motorist Assisted:16

Sergeant Brannon Snead stated, "Each law enforcement agency accomplished the primary goal of the Highway Enforcement-Accident Reduction Team (H.E.A.T.) by decreasing traffic crashes, increasing public safety awareness and ensuring the safe movement of the motoring public, thereby, fulfilling its goal to create a safer Florida."


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