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Florida Highway Patrol to crack down over Thanksgiving holiday weekend

The Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday it will heightened its presence starting Wednesday and extending through Sunday.

All state troopers will patrol the state’s high-volume roadways during the five-day period. Auxiliary and reserve troopers will volunteer to augment the effort.

Troopers will focus their enforcement in stopping impaired drivers, speeders and those who follow too closely or display other aggressive driving behaviors.

In addition, troopers will conduct strict enforcement of safety belt and child restraint laws.

“The Thanksgiving holiday typically generates heavy traffic as people travel to spend time with their families, so we urge everyone driving on our highways, especially during the holiday season, to drive carefully,” said Col. David Brierton, FHP’s director.