FHP on the lookout for speeders, impaired drivers over the holidays

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia
Published: Updated:
(Credit FHP)

While holiday travel is expected to decline this year because of the pandemic, Florida Highway Patrol is out in force Thanksgiving week on interstates and major highways, focusing on speeders, seat-belt violations and impaired drivers.

Last year, Florida had more than 10,000 traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving travel period, which starts on the Friday before Thanksgiving and continues through the Sunday after the holiday.

Those crashes led to 392 serious bodily injuries and 98 deaths. Troopers wrote nearly 70,000 traffic citations during the 2019 Thanksgiving period.

“During the holiday season, people want to have fun with their families and maybe want to party a little bit,” FHP Capt. Peter Bergstresser said. “But you always want to be cognizant that if you are impaired, or if you’ve had too much to drink, you do not want to drive that vehicle down the road.”

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