STATE BUDGET ENHANCES MISSION OF MAKING HIGHWAYS SAFE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 31, 2007
Tallahassee - Governor Charlie Crist recently signed the 2007-08 state budget that provides the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles with $447 million to continue its mission of making Florida’s highways safe. This appropriation will allow the department to increase services to Floridians by providing additional resources for our state offices and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
Safety, security and customer service are top priorities for Governor Crist. The department’s budget provides needed funds to upgrade facilities, meet costs incurred due to Florida’s continued growth and provide equipment needed by FHP to ensure safer highways.
“We appreciate the Governor’s continued commitment, support and focus on public safety and this Department. His support allows us to provide a better environment for our staff members and customers in the field and also properly equip the men and women of the Patrol who risk their lives every day, protecting the people and enforcing the laws on our highways,” said Executive Director Electra Bustle.
Some highlights from the budget include:
Acquisition of Motor Vehicles – provide replacement vehicles for troopers to continue patrolling Florida’s highways. Collectively, FHP troopers drive an average of 39 million miles per year patrolling our highways.
Trooper Equipment – includes additional speed detection devices for better enforcement.
Lease Increases and Office Renovations – keep up with rising leasing costs and upgrade facilities to better serve our members and our customers.
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