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I learned to drive in Miami, got my first license in 1967. Not too many months later, I had a fender bender in North Miami Beach. To make a long story short, a very wise judge sent me to Traffic School at Miami Dade Junior College.

I was SO scared of what had happened, I attended EVERY single class and paid attention to EVERYTHING the Florida State Trooper said. He taught me many good driving habits and I should have properly thanked him at the time... alas I was far to intimidated to speak to anyone, let alone that big uniformed guy at the front of the class.

I am now 51 years old (born 1951) and have never been charged with an accident (outside of that first fender bender of course), have taken, (without having to study) driver's tests in 4 other states and have only 2 small speeding tickets in my entire driving history. I owe all of this to that ONE State Police Officer that taught that Driver's Ed class.

I should also add that the lessons learned there also taught me techniques that I still use to AVOID accidents.

The point of this is, since I do not know that oficer's name, is to thank you all in general and to let you know that YOUR efforts are heeded and apreciated by some of us...

So thank you gentlemen... and ladies of the Florida Highway Patrol... I am a great driver only because of YOU!

Barbara R. Priest Cherbonneau

P. S. Have a great holiday season and New Year!


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