WUFT News

Despite reports, no February plans for vehicle checkpoints in West Central Florida

By on February 8th, 2013
Florida Highway Patrol Car

Tim Corradino / flickr

Florida Highway Patrol isn't setting up driver's license and vehicle inspection checkpoints this month or in the near future.

Tampa Bay area residents and conspiracy theorists fear not: There will be no driver’s license and vehicle inspection checkpoints in West Central Florida this month.

ABC Action News in Tampa announced the checkpoints Monday, and its report has been linked to by various websites and shared on social networks, including the Twitter accounts of traffic news aggregates, West Florida residents and believers of an impending new world order.

As of Friday, counters on Action News’s website show the article was tweeted 106 times, recommended five times on Google Plus and recommended 23,273 times on Facebook.

Still, no such checkpoints are planned for this month or the near future, said Florida Highway Patrol Troop C spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

The TV station used information from the FHP’s policy manual and a news release by Gaskins, whose troop covers Citrus, Sumter, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties.

The ABC article has been updated to show no checkpoints will occur.

At a checkpoint, patrol troopers would stop cars, buses and trucks and ask for a driver’s license, registration and proof of personal injury protection insurance, according to the policy manual.

To ensure vehicles aren’t stopped by discrimination, troopers would stop every third or fifth one.

Troopers would inspect vehicle equipment such as brakes, tires and lights, according to the manual. The checkpoints would happen randomly during the day, last for a few minutes and be flexible to keep traffic from building.

Gaskins sends the releases the first of every month as a precaution, said FHP Capt. Nancy Rasmussen.

Patrol policy states the public must know about the checkpoints before they begin, Rasmussen said. The troop has the ability to conduct the checkpoints so Gaskins sends releases in case the troop decides to conduct them.

The release details which areas would be affected. Yet, as of now, no checkpoints are planned.

The patrol has received emails from concerned drivers in the area, Rasmussen said. Complaints about the article treat the checkpoints as a new policy, but FHP has conducted them in the past.

It’s been a year since the patrol last used the checkpoints, Rasmussen said.

“If they had the time to do it, it would fall within our policy, and our policy says we’d have to notify the media,” she said.

http://storify.com/wuftnews/tweets-for-the-checkpoints-story


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Florida Bill Proposing Concealed Carry On Public School Campuses Delayed

A vote on SB 180 has been postponed in the Committee on Education Pre-K-12. This Florida bill would allow designated public school employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons with a permit.


Supreme Court Decision Reopens Juvenile Sentences

Florida inmates serving life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles should be resentenced under guidelines that went into effect last year, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.


Boy, 9, Dies In Ocala National Forest House Fire

A 9-year-old boy died after a fire broke out at his mobile home in the Ocala National Forest. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.


Ferris strawberries straight from the farm are sold in clamshells at Ferris Groves in Floral City, Florida from mid-October to April. The store also offers syrups, sauces, jams and jellies, as well as samples of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Garrett J. Mastronardi / WUFT News

Ferris Farms Uses New, Successful System of Growing Strawberries

A Floral City strawberry farm finds success in the Strawberry Advisory System. The system, created by UF strawberry pathologist Natalia Peres, sends alerts to farmers when their crops are at risk for infection.


While swamps filled up early Thursday with gallons and gallons of rainwater, the flooding was largely contained in the Big Bend region compared to the deluge from Tropical Storm Debby in 2012.

Group Wants Probe of Whether Fla. Banned Climate-Change Talk

Former state employees claim supervisors forbade them from using the term “climate change.” A Florida environmental group is requesting an investigation.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments