Troopers stepping up enforcement over holiday weekend

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which began this morning and extends through midnight, May 31.

“We expect traffic to increase across the state during the long holiday weekend,” said Col. John T. Czernis, FHP director. “The Florida Highway Patrol will employ all available resources to enforce Florida’s traffic laws and to remind drivers to slow down and buckle up. No one wants their weekend, much less their life, ruined by a crash.”

All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads throughout the four-day holiday period. FHP Auxiliary and Reserve troopers will volunteer to augment the Patrol’s forces during the holiday enforcement period, too. 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.

Travelers can dial *FHP (*347) from their cell phone to report an aggressive driver or to request roadside assistance.