Florida Highway Patrol joins campaign to reduce violent crashes – NBC 6 South Florida
The Florida Highway Patrol joins five other southern states in a new campaign to reduce high-speed crashes.
Their message is simple: slow down and fasten your seatbelt. Starting Monday, FHP, along with other local agencies, will be on the lookout for reckless drivers.
This comes after an increase in violent, sometimes fatal, accidents. Speeding has increased over the past two years, the agency said.
“We’ve seen a disturbing pattern of speeding and aggressive driving, which also includes road rage – shootings,” said Major Robert Chandler of FHP.
This week, drivers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee will see an increased presence of soldiers on the highways.
FHP says there are more violent crashes despite a lower number of crashes overall.
“Basically, to put it simply, crashes are getting more and more deadly, the reason is high speeds,” Chandler said.
NBC 6 took a ride with FHP Trooper Benny Corominas. Within minutes he stopped a car for going 30 miles over the speed limit.
Aside from the dots on your driving record, driving recklessly can mean a legal headache.
“While it’s not a criminal offence, it does require a mandatory court appearance,” Chandler said. “I don’t think you’re going to get off cheap enough with a judge.” I don’t know how you would explain going 100 miles an hour anywhere.
Soldiers say there are two things you can do to avoid getting arrested: Slow down and fasten your seat belt.
“Two of the most important actions drivers can take to reduce their risk of being involved in a crash and the severity of the crash,” Chandler said.
The campaign started on Monday July 18 and lasts for one week.