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FHP to Crackdown on Hazardous and Impaired
Drivers to Ensure a Safe Holiday Ride

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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release December 21, 2007:

Tallahassee – Colonel John Czernis, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, announced today the FHP's statewide traffic enforcement plans for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays. FHP will use zero tolerance enforcement strategies to target aggressive and hazardous violators throughout the state. Troopers will place special emphasis on aggressive driving, D.U.I, speeding, and safety restraint violations. The Patrol reminds the public of the risks of walking and bicycling in close proximity to traffic. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who comply with our state’s traffic laws and use sound judgment can help prevent many of the deaths that occur each year on Florida roadways.

This year's Christmas holiday enforcement period will begin at 00:01 hours on Saturday, December 22, 2007, and end at midnight, Tuesday, December 25, 2007. The New Year’s holiday enforcement period will begin at 00:01 hours on Saturday, December 29, 2007, and end at midnight, Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

“I’ve asked our troop commanders to ensure that all available personnel are assigned to either routine patrol duties or specific enforcement operations throughout both holiday periods,” Colonel Czernis stressed, “which includes all personnel normally assigned to administrative duties.” In addition, our Auxiliary and Reserve troopers will be volunteering their time to assist regular troopers during the heightened holiday enforcements. “I am excited at the prospect of having FHP Auxiliary and Reserve troopers participating in more of our special enforcement programs, holiday enforcement efforts, and general patrol activities,” said Colonel Czernis, “The more troopers working the road, assisting the public, and enforcing the laws, the better we are able to achieve our vision of a Safer Florida!”

Motorists are urged to contact the FHP or local law enforcement officials when reporting an impaired, aggressive, or dangerous driver by dialing *FHP (*347) from their cell phones. Callers may remain anonymous. Motorists who experience car trouble on the highway or otherwise need assistance from the FHP are also encouraged to use *FHP. For real-time traffic and road condition reports as well as maps and other safety tips, the public is urged to use our Live Traffic Crash service on the FHP website at www.flhsmv.gov/fhp.


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