Latest Florida Highway Patrol News

DeSantis proposes raises, bonuses for first responders

Nov. 29, 2021 15:46 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will include raises and bonuses for law enforcement when he announces his overall state budget proposal next week, he said at a news conference Monday. DeSantis is proposing repeating the $1,000 bonuses law...

Pedestrian fatally struck on I-95 in central Florida

Nov. 19, 2021 10:38 AM EST

VIERRA, Fla. (AP) — A 61-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 95 early Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened near Vierra in Brevard County sometime after 6 a.m. Friday, the agency said in a news release. ...

Florida woman killed while checking on deer in roadway

Nov. 06, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who stopped to check on a deer that was struck by a vehicle was killed when another driver hit her early Saturday. The 20-year-old woman stopped her vehicle in the center lane of the three-lane road near the University of Central...

4 killed, including toddler, in 2-vehicle crash in Panhandle

Oct. 30, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A car driving in the wrong direction in the Florida Panhandle hit another vehicle, causing it to go up in flames and killing four people, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Among the people who died in the crash late Friday in Bay County...

Florida school bus driver accused of DUI following crash

Oct. 28, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 58-year-old north Florida school bus driver is accused of driving under the influence following a crash early Thursday. No students were on board when the bus failed to navigate a curve, hit a road sign and drove down an embankment just...

Troopers: Florida motorcycle deputy injured in crash

Oct. 27, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida motorcycle deputy was injured early Wednesday in a crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, officials said. The Volusia County Sheriff's deputy was taken by ambulance to a hospital, the Florida Highway Patrol said in...

Dashcam video shows Florida trooper saving choking child

Oct. 25, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A dashcam video captured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saving a toddler from choking on the side of Interstate 95 entrance ramp near Miami. The agency released the dashcam footage from the Oct. 16 incident in a Twitter post that called the trooper a...

Motorcyclist dies, hit by a trooper and run over by a truck

Oct. 19, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) — A motorcycle rider died on a state highway where he was struck by a state trooper and then run over by a tractor trailer, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The trooper was helping a construction crew working on a lane closure for repairs Monday...

Troopers: Florida man grabbed steering wheel, caused crash

Oct. 15, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old Florida man is accused of grabbing the steering wheel and causing a woman to lose control of the car she was driving as they traveled on Interstate 75, officials said. Nathaniel Allen Klippel was arrested Thursday afternoon in Tampa, the...

Police: Driver was going 116 mph when he crashed into house

Oct. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who investigators say was driving his Tesla at least 116 mph before crashing into a house was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Vaughn Mongan, 43, didn't have his car in autopilot mode when he ran a...