Prompted by a well-known speed trap in the North Florida town of Waldo, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would prevent local police from using traffic-ticket quotas.

State law-enforcement agencies are barred from using ticket quotas, but restrictions on cities and counties have not been so clear.

The bill (SB 264), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, would extend the prohibition to those agencies. Also, the bill would require individual local governments to submit reports to the Legislature if traffic-ticket revenues cover more than 33 percent of the costs of operating their law-enforcement agencies.

Waldo, which is along U.S. 301 in Alachua County, was long known as a speed trap. But the town's police department disbanded last year, at least in part because officers disclosed they had been placed under a ticket quota.

Bradley's district includes Waldo.

From our media partner News Service of Florida


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