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Speeding is a big problem It s a big problem, not only for us but for every other police department. Maj Nancy Perez Miami Dade Police spokeswoman,The Sun Sentinel uncovered the answers by. digging into the officers toll records The find,793 transponders assigned to police agen. cies from Miami Dade to Palm Beach counties,showed evidence of speeding and habitual. speeding by some officers,One out of five police cars hit speeds above.
Total high speed incidents 5 100 in a,13 month period. Most of the high speeds 96 percent were,between 90 and 110 mph. Many of the officers did not appear to be rush, ing to save lives or fight crime More than half of Erskin and Phillipa Bell of Ocoee care for their. the high speed incidents involved city cops out son Erskin Jr who was hit by a Central Florida. side their jurisdictions many of them driving officer going 104 mph in November 2008. regular routes most likely to or from work Tom Benitez Orlando Sentinel. In Broward County cops from a half dozen,departments Davie Fort Lauderdale Margate. Pembroke Pines Plantation and Sunrise were as high as 122 mph the SunPass analysis found. clocked going above 90 mph at least once outside Sheriff Al Lamberti ordered his commanders. the cities where they work to determine what the deputies were doing and. If we have officers who are not responding to whether the speeds were justified said spokes. an emergency and they re driving to or from work man Jim Leljedal The deputies included a su. at 100 mph I have a problem with that and so pervisor and K 9 officers who are frequently. does the chief said Plantation Police Detective called to emergencies he said. Robert Rettig If an officer is found in violation Driver Vince Martinelli of Lake Worth sees it. they ll be disciplined all the time Cops speeding past him on the turn. Sheriff s deputies also drove at excessive pike, speeds but their countywide jurisdiction makes I m going 70 and they go flying by me he.
it harder to tell whether they were working said These are policemen who live in Palm. Almost 30 percent of the transponders as Beach County and work in Broward County. signed to the Palm Beach County Sheriff s Office Cops drove the fastest from late at night to 6. showed speeds above 90 mph mostly within the a m when shifts change and traffic is lightest. county The Sheriff s Office is investigating and Miami officers were among the most chronic. will discipline deputies found speeding without speeders with 143 of them driving over 90 mph. justification a spokeswoman said all outside city limits the SunPass analysis. At the Broward Sheriff s Office 18 percent of found More than 50 Miami cops broke 100 mph. the transponders registered speeds above 90 and one more than 100 times. Above the Law Speeding Cops, 4 P U L I T Z E R P R I Z E E N T RY P U B L I C S E RV I C E. How disturbing said Miami Police Maj At the Miami Beach Police Department 54. Jorge Colina Clearly it s a problem we need to officers drove over 90 mph as far away as Palm. deal with Beach County the analysis found Many hit. The Miami cop who drove the fastest on the speeds over 100 mph. turnpike hit 125 mph one morning about 4 a m Some of the speeding could be justified if the. The speed leader on the Gratigny Expressway cops were off duty and called into work for an. reached 117 mph and drove over 100 mph on 36 emergency said Raymond Martinez Miami. days Beach s assistant police chief But he said some. Above the Law Speeding Cops, 5 P U L I T Z E R P R I Z E E N T RY P U B L I C S E RV I C E. That policy is not always followed the Sun,Sentinel found More than 270 Miami Dade cops. drove over 90 mph and as fast as 115 mph,That is very disturbing said Maj Nancy Perez. the department s spokeswoman Speeding is a, big problem It s a big problem not only for us but.
for every other police department,A former road patrol officer Perez said she un. derstands the urgency to get to either a citizen, that is calling the police or assisting another of. But still it has to be done with a conscious,mind of what could happen not only to you but. Fellow officers attend the funeral of rookie you could also cause an accident and hurt some. Miami Dade Police Officer Giovanni Gonzalez one else she said. who was killed when he drove his patrol car Florida Highway Patrol troopers drove the fast. into a dump truck while going nearly 100 mph est among the cops examined at speeds as high as. for no apparent reason 130 mph according to the SunPass records FHP. El Nuevo Herald File photo began an internal review of the Sun Sentinel s. analysis to determine whether the troopers were,off duty or working and if so what they were. may speed simply because they know they can doing at the time. I really don t have an explanation for what Troopers will be held accountable if their ac. goes through an individual s mind to think tions did not contribute to a safe driving envi. they can go 100 mph without consequences ronment said FHP Capt Mark Brown an agen. Martinez said Is it because they re in a marked cy spokesman. car and another agency isn t going to stop them FHP policy requires troopers to obey the speed. Maybe limit unless they re chasing a law breaker Then. they re expected to stay within 15 mph of the, SPEEDING ON THE JOB limit but can go faster if they can drive safely and.
Some on duty cops clearly drove much faster the gravity of the situation so warrants. than allowed even for the most serious emergen If somebody goes by at 120 Brown said we. cies the Sun Sentinel found can t go 85 to catch him. Florida law allows officers to exceed the speed, limit for an emergency as long as they can do it POLICING THEIR OWN. safely Most South Florida police agencies in The internal police investigations prompted by. cluding the sheriff s offices in Broward and Palm the Sun Sentinel will take several weeks to com. Beach counties do not set a cap on how fast cops plete Spokesmen said unnecessary speeding on. can drive to a call or off duty will be punished, At the Miami Dade Police Department a We write speeding tickets It s not very pru. countywide agency officers are required to stay dent to be out violating the very laws that we. within 20 mph of the speed limit even in the enforce said Miami Police Maj Delrish Moss. most serious emergencies such as responding to We ll investigate and we ll take the appropri. shootings according to department policy That ate action. means a top speed of 75 to 90 mph depending on Police have only recently begun to seriously. the highway speed limit address a problem that they acknowledge has. Above the Law Speeding Cops, 6 P U L I T Z E R P R I Z E E N T RY P U B L I C S E RV I C E. persisted for years,Last fall Miami police began undercover radar. stings of their officers nabbing a dozen on one,stakeout Colina said The department is now.
considering going so far as to equip police cars,with governors that prevent the engines from. exceeding a certain speed They may consider,GPS devices that track a vehicle s location and. speed by satellite,Fort Lauderdale police are one of the few. South Florida departments currently using GPS,in patrol cars to monitor and discipline officers. for speeding though most of the punishments,have been written reprimands We take it se.
riously because it s been an issue said Police,Chief Frank Adderley. GPS is also coming soon to patrol cars in Miami,Beach My first and foremost thing is stopping. the behavior Martinez said,The Miami Dade Police Department holds. driver training courses and posts signs in its,parking lots urging officers to drive safely One. reason It s not just civilians who are victims,of speeding cops In 2009 Miami Dade police.
buried one of their own Giovanni Gonzalez a,23 year old rookie who rear ended a dump truck. while driving nearly 100 mph for no apparent,It s very heart wrenching when you have to. go to a memorial or a remembrance and look at,these families destroyed with questions Why is. this happening Perez said We don t have an,answer for them. Editorial Assistant Charlie Grau contributed to,this report skestin tribune com or 954 356 4510.
THREE PART SERIES, The Sun Sentinel investigated a year s worth of SunPass data for Broward Palm Beach and. Miami Dade counties and found police speeding is rampant and rarely punished. Today 90 plus mph is common even when cops are off duty. Monday High speed cop crashes leave lives in ruin,Tuesday Police culture condones speeding. Above the Law Speeding Cops, 7 P U L I T Z E R P R I Z E E N T RY P U B L I C S E RV I C E. 90 mph Total high speed incidents 5 100 in a 13 month period Most of the high speeds 96 percent were between 90 and 110 mph Many of the officers did not appear to be rush ing to save lives or fight crime More than half of the high speed incidents involved city cops out side their jurisdictions many of them driving

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