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State discusses bonuses instead of raises for FHP

FLORIDA  --  The Florida Highway Patrol wrote 800,000 tickets this past year, but  that could more than double with a new proposed pay structure system

The state is looking at giving out bonuses instead of pay raises.
But those bonuses would be based on the amount of encounters they have with the public.

Christina Leavenworth explains.

 The big thing folks are wondering is making a quota for encounters mean they will be writing more tickets?

Jim Dykes
"Is it contact by giving contacts or contact by being polite and nice?"
"What kind of contact?"

Those are the questions both the public and the troopers have about this new structure for most people, their first thought?

"Doesn't sound too good."
"I think its a bad idea."
Here's how it would work -
State Troopers who score an outstanding rating would be eligible for a $5000 bonus.  And in order to get that rating, troopers must have on average -four citizen contacts per hour.

State officials say that no traffic citation quotas will be put into place but many people think by requiring hard numbers.  It will end  up increasing traffic citations and arrests.

"They are going out and stopping people for going 2-3 miles , normally they give you 5-10, but they'll get you so they can make more money."

"He'd let you go if you weren't going to get a bonus, but now he's going to nail you."

But others see how it could go both ways.  It may get some dangerous drivers off the streets. 

"Catching more people who are speeding, or just doing reckless things like running red lights, stop signs."

The Police Benevolent Association and the State of Florida are at an impasse over this proposal.

A new proposal is set to come out within the next week.