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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  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    Proud to be a part of "Florida's Finest" the Florida Highway Patrol! God Bless all the trooper's that are out keeping our highways safe on the Thanksgiving Day!
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Nov 25, 2010 at 03:14 AM
    Well those in law enforcement who do the so called? "Wolf Pack" caper / scam on those they work for to protect us from ourselfs on "OUR" hiways & by ways don't have to worry about this tax payer / consumer as I've long tired of playing their games and stay home on all holidays to ease their minds and save my bill fold $$$$$$ from their extorting money from it if i snezze wrong I've just got too old for the harrassment and fun and games. But my bill fold and its contents $$$$$ stays shut & with me too (Wink) meaning i don't buy gas i don't buy nothing and i bet consumer wise I'm not the Lone Ranger on these days ether so those who have bussiness's? sorry about that but don't blame me blame those Wolf Packs. (Smile) See ya next Monday as a consumer when its safe for me and my bill fold to come out. (Smile)
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