Photo/Story Gallery 2007

Operation Road King Used for Bike Week

Trooper Murphy looks like just another bikeras he observes traffic along the interstate using a laser radar.In response to the high number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities that occurred during last year’s Bike Week in Daytona, Troop G developed Operation Road King, a special traffic initiative designed to decrease this year’s motorcycle fatalities. The crack down targeted motorcycle operators who violate Florida’s traffic laws by exceeding posted speed limits while traveling to and from the annual event. To better catch violators, motor squad troopers posed as civilian bikers sitting astride unmarked bikes and wielding laser radar guns. When a violator was spotted, the disguised trooper radioed another trooper on a patrol bike to complete the appropriate enforcement action and cite the violator.

Pictured: Trooper Clay Murphy looks like just another biker as he observes traffic along the interstate using a laser radar.

This initiative is similar to another FHP favorite, Operation Hard Hat, which has troopers pose as construction workers in work zones to stop speeders and protect workers in the area. In addition to Operation Road King, safety messages were displayed using variable message boards on the shoulders of roadways to alert motorists to the increased presence of motorcycles. FHP’s public education and enforcement efforts really paid off, as fatalities of motorcyclists were significantly down during this year’s Bike Week.

Trooper Murphy uses a laser to clock motorcyclists on I-95 in Jacksonville..
Trooper Clay Murphy uses a laser to clock motorcyclists on I-95 in Jacksonville.

Trooper Franks issues a citation to a motorcyclist for speeding.
Trooper Jack Franks issues a citation to a motorcyclist for speeding.

Sgt. Thomason talks to a biker he stopped for speeding.
Sgt. Pat Thomason talks to a biker he stopped for speeding.