Tallahassee, Florida- June 29, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force during the Independence Day holiday travel period, which begins this evening and extends through 8 a.m. July 5.
“The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to making the highways a safer place to drive, by intensifying our patrol efforts to reduce the number of crashes,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton. “Our troopers will be on the roadways taking appropriate enforcement action to ensure public safety for Florida motorists during the holiday travel period.”
All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads throughout the holiday period. The strategy aims to increase the Patrol's presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance.
Tire tips for driving in Florida’s summer heat:
• Check your tires regularly, especially before a long trip. Remember to check tire pressure, including the spare.
• You should inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects or other signs of wear or trauma.
• Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread and make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
• For more information about maintaining your tires and ensuring they are fit for the trip, visit www.safercar.gov.
The Patrol encourages motorists who experience car trouble on the highway or who otherwise need assistance from the FHP to dial *FHP (*347) from your cellphone. FHP urges motorists to contact FHP or local law enforcement officials to report an impaired, aggressive or dangerous driver. Callers may remain anonymous.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visitwww.flhsmv.gov, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @FDHSMV.