Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol
For Release July 1, 2004:
TALLAHASSEE: As many as 200 additional uniformed Florida Highway Patrol officers may be on patrol during the 4th of July holiday, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2004. The official holiday period will end at midnight, Monday, July 5, 2004.
As in the past, Colonel Chris Knight, FHP Director, has suspended office operations for all sworn personnel, effective at the close of the workday on Thursday, July 1st. All FHP sworn personnel normally assigned to administrative duties will be reassigned to patrol duties beginning Friday, July 2nd, through Monday, July 5th.
"The increased visibility that our Troopers have provided during previous holiday periods has provided immeasurable benefits to the motoring public. By having all FHP sworn personnel perform patrol duties Friday through Monday, we will continue our commitment to highway safety through increased visibility and enforcement," Knight added.
During last year’s 72-hour 4th of July holiday, 25 persons were killed in traffic crashes in Florida: 43% of those drivers and passengers who were killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not using them; also, 50% of the fatal traffic crashes were alcohol-related. Troopers will be concentrating their enforcement efforts on drunk, speeding, and aggressive drivers, and those who fail to buckle up or properly restrain their child passengers.
Motorists are again being encouraged to call *FHP (*347) on their cellular phones to report drunk, aggressive, or other dangerous drivers. Callers can remain anonymous. Motorists who experience car trouble on the highway or otherwise need assistance from the FHP are also encouraged to use *FHP.
PRELIMINARY FATALITY REPORT FOR
FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY, 2004
2003 INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY TRAFFIC FATALITIES