FHP Aims to Reduce Unsafe Driving

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Car crashes involving large trucks are on the rise in our area and the Florida Highway Patrol wants to do something about it. FHP has announced a statewide operation to reduce unsafe driving--especially driving behavior that contributes to wrecks involving semi-trucks and buses.

Florida traffic data shows commercial vehicles were involved in more than 18-thousand crashes causing 365 fatalities. Semi-truck drivers say people in cars don't always look out for their rigs and agree something should be done. Hollice Sell, a semi truck driver based out of Alabama said, "I can't look out for everybody, but I can look out for myself. And I try to do the right thing, but sometimes you just can't."

SGT Bill Martinez, with the Florida Highway Patrol said, "We're trying, along with the Motor Carrier Compliance, the Department of Transportation, to make some effective changes into the crash, crashes that we have. We want to try to prevent some of them, instead of picking up the pieces after there over."

The Florida Department of Transportation will focus in on truck drivers saying sleep deprivation is a growing problem.


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  • by Larry Location: Florida on Nov 23, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    This “crack down” is nothing more than words and hot air from FHP and DOT. For those of you who continue to fall for this type of propaganda from FHP you need to do some homework. FHP will do absolutely nothing more than they do each and every day on the highways of Florida. They will field a bare minimum amount of Troopers who will go out and write citations and work crashes, just like they do every day. There will be no more and no less personnel than usual. They may get together in one or two places with a couple of DOT officers in each region of the State for a few hours as a dog and pony show staged media event, and then it will just be business as usual They will then take all of the citations that are written during this”crack down” period and add them up and report them to the media as if they did something different than usual. I would be willing to bet a pay check that if a reporter took the “crack down” citations and compared them with any other comparable length of
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    Good luck with that.
  • by Sam Location: TLH on Nov 20, 2008 at 04:43 AM
    Maybe FHP should address their turnover and attrition rates. Troopers on the roads would equal better safety.
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