Dear Col. Knight
I am a 65 year old, retired USAF officer and have encountered many police
officers both here and abroad during my more than 50 years of driving.
On this Sunday morning I had just dropped my wife off at Fort Lauderdale
Airport and was deep in thought. Traffic was moving at a good clip when I was
approaching the South Miami Bird Road tollbooths when I noticed a white ford
pickup pushing me.
I decided to go on through without causing a braking problem for my
tailgater and thus I did exceed the limit through the booth. Our Yorkshire terrier
was in her bed in the passenger seat. None of the preceding is being offered as
an excuse for breaking the law.
I was pulled over by Corporal V. Luquis (2078/1288 troop K). Given a warning
for the violation and jokingly reminded that my dog was not wearing a seat
I have to report that Corporal Luquis was more professional and courteous
than any police official I have ever dealt with. His demeanor was beyond
reproach; his uniform and himself were immaculate. He was brief to the point and
right back to work.
Additionally, his decision to "warn" rather than "cite" has definitely
made a greater impression on me. I promised him I would not speed through booths
again and fully intend to keep that pledge!
I commend you and him for having this quality officer work for us.
Please ensure he and his supervisor gets my simple effort of appreciation.
Billy S. Poulos