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FHP: Holiday Safety

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - FHP Trooper Mark Baker is looking for speeders, and it doesn’t take long until he catches a driver going 83 in a 70.

Baker issues a warning and quickly pulls up next to another trooper on Interstate 10.

And just minutes after the first stop trooper Baker caught another traffic violator. This one wasn’t following Florida’s ‘Move Over’ law.

Drivers are supposed to pull one lane over when passing a trooper conducting a traffic stop. If they can’t get out of the way, they’re supposes to slow to 20 miles below the speed limit.

“She was unable to move over because there was a semi next to her. That’s fine, but you need to drop to 20 below the posted speed limit. I turned my rear radar on and clocked her around 65, 70 MPH,” said Baker.

Trooper Baker wrote the driver a warning. He’s just one of thousands of troopers watching the roads now through Sunday. It’s all hands on deck at FHP.

“Everybody from the office, basically everybody is coming out to come help protect the roads, make it a little bit safer for everybody to travel,” said Baker.

The Danford family is glad to hear it. After hearing reports of increased travel, the family loaded up the minivan early Wednesday morning in Jacksonville and headed to New Orleans.

“People are traveling on at a brisk pace obviously, but they don’t seem to be in that much of a hurry,” said Richard Danford.

FHP is asking drivers to be courteous on the roads and obey speed limits this travel season. If you don’t, expect to see blue lights.


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