Zero Fatalities During "Staying Alive On I-75"

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News Release: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol announced today that there were no fatalities on Interstate 75 in Florida last weekend, capping off a successful detail called “Staying Alive on 75.”

News Release: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol is collaborating with five other states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free today through March 30. All six states that line Interstate 75 (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan), will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “Staying Alive on I-75.” By all states working together, the entire 1,786 miles of I-75 will be covered under this enforcement action. The “Staying Alive on I-75” is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to reduce traffic fatalities in the United States by 15 percent this year.

During the three day period, law enforcement agencies in each state will conduct special details on I-75. The details will focus on distracted driving. In addition, troopers will be checking for aggressive drivers, speeders, seat belt use, and commercial vehicle safety. While these focus areas are something the Patrol does every day, it is the first time that the six states have teamed up to ensure multi-state travelers will see consistent enforcement throughout their trip on the interstate.

“This partnership, and the one we formed with the seven states that line Interstate-10 over Labor Day holiday, demonstrates the Patrol’s commitment to public safety,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “No matter what state you are traveling to or from, we want you to arrive at your destination safely.”

The Patrol offers the following tip for safe travels on the roads, whether going a long distance or a short drive:
• Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature;
• Obey all speed limits;
• Drive sober and alert;
• Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc. Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even a second, can lead to a crash.
• Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination;
• Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.

What other state’s law enforcement leaders are saying about “Staying Alive on I-75”:

GA: Georgia will be participating with increased patrols along I-75 by state troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division. "Partnering with other state law enforcement agencies along I-75 from Florida to Michigan demonstrates a commitment to keeping everyone safe as they travel," said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. "Every life is important to us, whether the person is traveling through our state or just making a short trip from one exit to another."

TN: “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is proud to participate in this multi-state campaign. I have challenged all members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol to think strategically and use all available resources to help reduce the number of fatalities in Tennessee, not just this weekend, but throughout this entire year," stated Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

KY: KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer says “the Drive to Save Lives strategy brings top law enforcement agencies together, from across the country, in a ‘force-multiplying’ effort that will reduce traffic crashes and fatalities.” “Traffic enforcement in today’s society is ever changing,” says Brewer. “Moving forward, what I think we will see is more partnerships like this between law enforcement agencies to provide a more effective traffic safety plan.”

OH: “Multi-state partnerships like this one, illustrate the true value of working together to make each respective state a safer place to live, work and travel,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

MI: "Multi-state efforts like this one underscore law enforcement’s commitment to public safety,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “The Michigan State Police is pleased to serve as a partner in this initiative and is dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries on the state’s roads.”

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