The Florida Highway Patrol is making its presence known. Troopers are stepping up their presence during the 72-hour Christmas period.
All administrative duties have been suspended for the holidays, so starting Saturday and ending at midnight Monday, more than 200 additional troopers will be on the lookout for speeders, tailgaters and erratic drivers.
FHP says during the 72-hour period last year, there were 40 people in 35 traffic crashes statewide. Of those crashes, almost 60 percent involved alcohol or careless driving.
Motorists also are encouraged to be aware and report impaired, aggressive or dangerous drivers by calling FHP.
Just in the Big Bend area alone, there were two crashes and five fatalities during the 72-hour period.