Troopers Step Up Patrols

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

By airway and by roadway, troopers are out in full force as travelers hit the highway for the holiday.

"The road is packed. It's building and building. Today is the day before Thanksgiving and it’s just building up. Intense," said Lee Singleton of Panama City.

Singleton is spending Thanksgiving with his family in Tallahassee.

Lorraine Rowe is traveling to Cape Coral and says she knows how important it is to stay buckled up.

In Florida and Georgia troopers are writing tickets, cracking down on speeders.

"They need to catch as many of them going 100 as they can," said John, who is driving his family to Panama City from Orlando.

Driving above 100 means a ticket anywhere between $250 and $300. This weekend you may also notice a suspension of road construction, all meant to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely.

"You have a lot of driver distraction mixed with speed and the volume is up around the holidays. It unfortunately can mean a deadly mix, and if we can stop one tragic crash from happening then we feel like we've accomplished something," said Florida Highway Patrol LT John Bagnardi.

If you have a speed detector in your car, it won't work. Troopers do not have their radar on. Instead, the aircraft is clocking drivers, then radioing it down to troopers to pull over.


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