A specialized enforcement patrol by Florida Highway Patrol this weekend netted hundreds of arrests in Collier and Broward counties.
Make a Difference with Enforcement, or M.A.D.E., was aimed at conducting high profile and intensive traffic enforcement along the Interstate 75’s Alligator Alley Corridor with a special emphasis on unlawful speed, aggressive driving, seatbelt and move over violations.
The detail used FHP aircraft, as well as marked and unmarked vehicles, between I-75’s mile marker 100 in Collier County (Alligator Alley) and Interstate 595, U.S. Highway 27 along with county roads within Broward County.
In total the operation made 442 arrests, gave 39 warnings and issued 20 faulty equipment notices.
FHP Sergeant First Class Dwayne Cooper said the vast majority of the 442 arrests were actually citations for speeding, in which drivers were ticketed then released. Out of the 382 people given tickets for speeding, the fastest speed clocked was 108 mph, according to Cooper. He said the ticketed drivers probably averaged about 90 mph, which is 20 mph more than the speed limit on Alligator Alley.
Another six citations were handed out for seatbelt violations, seven for suspended licenses and 36 for "other" violations. The remaining five arrests noted by the FHP were true arrests on out-of-state warrants. Two individuals were arrested and charged with three counts and two counts, respectively, including communications fraud and other miscellaneous warrants, Cooper said.
On a typical weekend, troopers will write about 50 citations, Cooper said.