Photo/Story Gallery 2008

Summer Forecast Calls for H.E.A.T.

FHP and Gadsden County law enforcement officers.On June 6, 2008, the Florida Highway Patrol kicked off the first of four phases of Operation H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement-Accident Reduction Team), a multi-agency enforcement operation that combined the efforts of law enforcement from FHP’s Troop H, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Compliance, Havana Police Department, and the Gretna Police Department to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities on the roadways within Gadsden County. The first phase of Operation H.E.A.T. was ablaze on Interstate 10.

The morning of the Operation H.E.A.T. kick off, the temperature was turned up as law enforcement and reporters gathered at the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office for the press conference. Making statements to the press were: FHP’s Troop H Commander Major Timothy J. Ashley, Major Shawn Wood (Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office), and Havana Police Chief Glynn Beach. Each delivered brief statements stressing that during Operation H.E.A.T. , law enforcement would exercise zero tolerance for hazardous moving violations, speed, seat belt or child restraint violations, and commercial vehicle moving and non-moving hazardous violations. In addition, the operation would focus on educating the public about Florida’s Move Over Law and reducing serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways through selective enforcement efforts.

Operation H.E.A.T. enforcement totals included the following enforcement breakdown:

Total Citations Issued:192
Unlawful Speed Citations:106
Move Over Law Citations:28
Seat Belt Citations:12
Faulty Equipment Notices:15
Written Warnings:46
Misdemeanor Arrest:6
Disabled Motorist Assisted:12
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Inspection resulting in an Out of Service CMV:1

Operation H.E.A.T. ‘s spokesperson in the Quincy District, Sergeant Brannon Snead, stated, “Each law enforcement agency accomplished the primary goal of Operation H.E.A.T. by decreasing traffic crashes, increasing public safety awareness, and ensuring the safe movement of the motoring public; therefore, helping to create a safer Florida.” Great job!

Pictured: above, FHP and Gadsden County law enforcement officers participate in Operation H.E.A.T; and below left to right, Troop H Commander Major Timothy J. Ashley speaks to reporters at the Operation H.E.A.T. press conference; Havana Police Chief Glynn Beach lends his support at the press conference; and Troop H Commander Major Timothy J. Ashley speaks to WTXL reporter Amanda Anderson at the Operation H.E.A.T. press conference.

Troop H Commander Major Ashley speaking to reporters at the Operation H.E.A.T. press conference. Havana Police Chief Beach lends his support at the press conference Troop H Commander Major Ashley speaks to WTXL reporter Amanda Anderson at the Operation H.E.A.T. press conference.  Major Ashley speaks to WTXL reporter at press conference.