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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release October 25, 2005:

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) continues to assess roadway conditions in areas affected by Hurricane Wilma. Troopers are directing traffic at intersections where traffic control devices are missing or not functioning. On Monday, October 24, troopers began escorting FEMA supply vehicles from Jacksonville and White Springs to West Palm Beach and Lakeland Florida.

The FHP has deployed a Quick Response Team (QRT) consisting of 125 troopers to South Florida: 75 troopers to the Ft. Pierce/Stuart area; 25 to the City of Key West; and 25 to the Upper Keys and Miami-Dade County. QRT troopers will augment local law enforcement and assist with security patrols, traffic control, and Points of Distribution (PODS) security.

Troopers are also assisting motorists at re-entry and recovery points, as well as patrolling all Interstates, Florida’s Turnpike, and other major State Roads. Motorists are urged to slow down and increase their following distance when approaching emergency personnel or crews working on or near the roadway.


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