By Matt Horn
August 26, 2013
As you get ready to load the family into the car for a long Labor Day holiday, state officials are planning a crackdown on speeders. The Florida Highway Patrol is part of not only a state but a national enforcement effort.
Every day – officers stop drivers who are breaking the law—and sometimes encounter people with tempers. Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant, Ryan Martina says he understands emotions are high during each traffic stop. But the goal is to keep people safe on Florida’s roads.
“Its all about safety. Its not about revenue or anything like that,” said Martina.
From Jacksonville to Santa Monica, California — Labor Day weekend kicks off a brand new multi-state initiative on Interstate 10 to keep motorists safe.
“All of our troopers that align with the corridor for I-10, they’re going to be looking for aggressive drivers, DUI’s, speeding,” said Capt. Nancy Rasmussen. “I think people are starting to realize that with the increase of traffic along the roadways that they’re slowing down a little bit.”
Across Florida – the number of fatal accidents during summer holiday weekends are down from last year, even though overall accidents are up.
“Slow down, watch the speed limits, stop for stop signs, wear your seatbelt, don’t drink and drive; don’t text and drive,” said Martina.
The increased patrol efforts start on Friday.
This is the first time the seven states along I-10 have worked together to have a special enforcement weekend for a holiday.