~ Patrol removes 82 impaired drivers from the roads ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol announced the preliminary results from its Independence Day holiday enforcement effort. During the four-day intensified enforcement period on July 1 – 4, FHP increased the number of troopers patrolling Florida’s roadways. Auxiliary troopers augmented FHP’s force.
Troopers issued 8,327 traffic citations and made 82 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. They cited 3,533 drivers for speeding and 656 for failing to buckle up. Troopers assisted 2,424 motorists on the roadways of the state. Additionally, commercial vehicle enforcement troopers conducted 1,053 commercial vehicle safety inspections, placing 123 vehicles and 71 drivers out of service for critical safety violations.
“Our troopers were out in full force to keep the roadways safe for the holiday,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “The men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol did their part to identify unsafe drivers and took the steps to reduce aggressive driving and crashes on our roadways.”
The members of the Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone that it is the law to move over when approaching any authorized emergency vehicle or wrecker displaying rotating or flashing lights stopped on the side of a roadway. Also, remember that *FHP (*347) dialed from your cell phone contacts FHP should you need to report an aggressive driver or require roadside assistance.
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