In January, 1996, a Florida Highway Patrol supporter donated a Mazda Miata to the Patrol for the purpose of promoting FHP and public safety. The vehicle was painted patrol colors, is equipped with emergency lights, and resembles a miniature patrol car.
The Mazda Miata vehicle is being used at FHP/FHP Auxiliary recruitment displays, highway safety and community policing efforts, parades, FHP press conferences, and other official Florida Highway Patrol functions. It is not used to take law enforcement action except under extraordinary circumstances.
It is hoped that the Mazda Miata patrol car will be a very positive tool in promoting the Florida Highway Patrol and its mission of protecting the motoring public in Florida. The combined use of the Miata and the Patrol's 1939 antique patrol car at events will appeal to all age groups of Floridians and will contrast the changes that have occured in law enforcemant over the years.
The Miata will be of particular value to FHP Public Affairs Officers when making traffic safety presentations to children.