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FLORIDA FAMILIES FIRST BUDGET PROMOTES PUBLIC SAFETY
~ DHSMV highlights 2013-2014 budget recommendations ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott’s Florida Families First 2013-2014 budget represents a continued commitment to public safety in the Sunshine State. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles today released agency highlights.
“Governor Scott understands that making our roadways safe for travel and licensing drivers and businesses contribute to getting Floridians back to work. Safe roadways also play a part in getting teachers and students to school without incident,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones. “We are pleased that the Florida Families First budget supports our mission of ensuring highway safety through excellence in service, education and enforcement.”
COMMUNICATION UPGRADES ENSURE TIMELY DISPATCH
The Florida Families First budget recommends funding $15 million for the Florida Highway Patrol’s Computer Aided Dispatch System and the Records Management System. The two systems support FHP and eight other state law enforcement agencies in their daily operations to provide public safety through dispatch and by facilitating electronic reports, citations and much more.
In addition, the Governor’s budget replaces antiquated telephone systems in four of FHP’s Regional Communication Centers. RCCs around the state operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to provide emergency and public safety assistance.
NEW TECHNOLOGY STREAMLINES SERVICES
The Governor’s budget provides funding to upgrade technology to address challenges that exist with service delivery in driver license and motor vehicle offices. The agency aims to reduce costs and gain efficiencies through a phased implementation of new technology solutions that make transactions with the Department business- and customer-friendly.
REPLACING HIGH MILEAGE VEHICLES HELPS TROOPERS SAFEGUARD MOTORISTS
The Governor’s budget provides $11 million to replace 520 patrol vehicles that have logged more than 100,000 miles. Replacing vehicles that have extremely high mileage will provide troopers with safe and reliable transportation to respond to emergencies and provide proactive enforcement and public safety. It also reduces maintenance costs by eliminating the need for extensive repairs to keep the vehicles operating.
Proposed reductions in the Governor’s budget reflect operational efficiencies proposed by the Department.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter at @FDHSMV or find us on Facebook.
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