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HOLLYWOOD POLICE LOVES PINT-SIZED PATROL EVs
 
 
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From: Bruce {EVangel} Parmenter <BruceDP@iname.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 02:39:45 -0500
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LOCAL CITY LOVES PINT-SIZED PATROL CARS HOLLYWOOD POLICE EXPERIMENT
WITH 2 ELECTRIC VEHICLES NEW CHIEF BORROWED IDEA FROM MIAMI BEACH
By TANYA WEINBERG 
Staff Writer
 
12/23/1999 Sun-Sentinel  Ft. Lauderdale
Broward Metro 6B (Copyright 1999 by the Sun-Sentinel)
 
The latest innovation to hit the Broadwalk has been brought to beachgoers by arrested drug dealers.
 
Using money seized in narcotics operations, the Hollywood Police Department has purchased two snappy electric cars to patrol the beach for $8,000 each, said spokeswoman Sgt. Roni Mangan.  "It's all designed to make the officers a little more approachable," she said, citing the zip-off doors on the mini-cars.
 
The cars made their Broadwalk debut Dec. 12 at the Candy Cane Parade.
 
"They were a hit," said Mangan.
 
Aside from beach patrol, the department will use the cars downtown and at special events, when needed, she said. They are street-legal and can run 30 miles after being plugged into a wall socket for eight to 10 hours.
 
Slightly bigger than a golf cart, the Bombardier can accelerate to its maximum speed of 20 mph in 20 feet, said Larry Kelley, the salesman at Hideaway Yacht Group in Pompano Beach who sold the cars to Hollywood and other Florida police departments.
 
"That's fast enough to nab a mugger and to get across a busy intersection," he said.
 
In all, about 20 Florida agencies are using the electric cars, which spew no emissions and cost an average of 41 cents to charge, Kelley
said. Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, and Aventura police departments began using electric cars over the past couple of years.
 
Hollywood's new police chief, James Scarberry, who came from Miami Beach, brought the idea with him. Tourists and business owners went ga-ga over the cars when they hit Lincoln Road in August.
 
"You get a lot of attention when you drive them," said Kelley.
 
The only complaint he said he has heard is from a 350-pound Fort Lauderdale employee who squeezes into the pint-sized car to patrol that city's municipal parking garage.
 
The Bombardier NV, or Neighborhood Vehicle car, was originally designed for gated communities in the South but has caught on in
Florida as a law enforcement and security vehicle, said Bombardier sales administrator Vicki Northrop.
 
After Bombardier lobbied for the change, Congress passed a low- speed vehicle law in July 1998 that allowed states to adopt their own laws regarding street use, Northrop said. Now the Neighborhood Vehicle cars are street-legal in 22 states.
 
Tanya Weinberg can be reached at
tweinberg@sun-sentinel.com
or 954- 385-7923.
 
PHOTO; Caption: Staff photo/Preston C. Mack
NEW PATROL CAR:
Hollywood police Sgt. Paul F. Dungan prepares to drive the city's new electric vehicle at Young Circle Park. Hollywood purchased two of the Bombardier electric vehicles to patrol the beach on an experimental basis. Each vehicle cost $8,000.

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