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FHP Out In Full Force Memorial Day Weekend

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A Florida Highway Patrol trooper issues a ticket to a driver.  (Source: AP)

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper issues a ticket to a driver. (Source: AP)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Be sure to buckle up and drive safely this holiday weekend. The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force during the Memorial Day weekend, which begins Friday afternoon and extends through midnight, May 30.

“All too often innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences due to the careless disregard for human life by dangerous drivers,” said FHP Director, Colonel David Brierton. “We are intensifying enforcement during the holiday weekend. No one wants their weekend, much less their life, ruined by a crash.”

Florida’s safety belt law requires all front seat passengers to buckle up. Occupants under the age of 18 must wear their safety belts regardless of where they sit in a vehicle. Troopers who stop motorists for not wearing seat-belts will not issue warnings, the driver will get a ticket.

All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads throughout the four-day holiday period. FHP Auxiliary and Reserve troopers will also be on patrol during the holiday enforcement period.

The strategy is designed to increase the Patrol’s presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance.

Just dial *FHP (*347) from your cell phone to contact FHP to report an aggressive driver or to request roadside assistance.

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