FHP Official Resigns Amid Ticket-Writing Quota Flop

A top official with the Florida Highway Patrol is resigning after he told troopers they aren't writing enough speeding tickets.

Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H in Tallahassee turned in his resignation letter Wednesday. Welch's last day will be Sept. 4.

Welch told troopers via email that "the patrol wants to see two citations each hour" adding that it's not a quota.

The head of the agency that oversees the FHP insists troopers don't have ticket quotas. Terry Rhodes on Tuesday told Gov. Rick Scott and members of the state Cabinet that her agency is reminding all supervisors that quotas are not allowed.

She says the reminder is being added to the highway patrol's training materials.

Highway Patrol Director Col. Gene Spaulding said in a statement that Welch had served the state for more than 35 years and that he appreciated his dedication to the patrol's "mission of saving lives."

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