~Florida Highway Patrol collaborating with seven other states in enforcement efforts~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Beginning today, The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) as well as seven other states’ law enforcement agencies will collaborate in an effort on US 17. The enforcement operation, where troopers will be looking for violations by large trucks and cars that could result in a crash such as speeding, following too close, distracted driving and improper lane changes will continue through June 12.
FHP is committed to reducing the number of traffic fatalities and crashes and, in conjunction with our partners, this operation should help to accomplish that,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Whether you are driving a commercial motor vehicle, motorcycle or a passenger car, we want motorist to drive safely and arrive alive.”
Preliminary data from January 1, 2015 to April 21, 2016 shows that there were 13,038 crashes along US-17 in Florida. Of those, FHP responded to and worked more than 38 percent. The 2016 “Border to Border” enforcement project is a partnership between state police agencies from Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
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 @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.