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2015

Florida Among Multiple States Teaming Up to Promote Traffic Safety on I-95

~Mission is to Save Lives on One of the Busiest Interstate Corridors ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is collaborating with the state police, highway patrols and local law enforcement jurisdictions of every state on the Eastern Seaboard in an effort to keep one of the nation’s major Interstate corridors safe and fatality-free this week. This is the first time that every state on the Eastern Seaboard has teamed up to ensure a consistent enforcement effort all along the I-95 corridor.

In an intensified effort March 24 – 29 called “Safe 95”, law enforcement agencies in each state are conducting enforcement details on I-95.  The first three days focused on commercial vehicle enforcement, when commercial traffic is heaviest on the highways.  In 2014, more than 30,000 crashes in Florida involved a large truck or bus.  As a result of those crashes, 218 people lost their lives.  National data indicates that while large trucks and buses comprise only four percent of the registered vehicles in the U.S., they are involved in 12 percent of the fatal traffic crashes and four of the 10 states with the highest commercial motor vehicle fatalities are along the I-95 corridor:  Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and New York.

The last three days of the campaign will address behaviors of all motorists along the I-95 corridor related to distracted driving, seatbelt usage, speeding, and impaired driving.

In Florida during 2014:

  • more than 42,000 crashes resulted from distracted driving, which resulted in 212 deaths.
  • more than 14,000 crashes resulted from someone not wearing a seatbelt. Not wearing a seatbelt accounted for 572 deaths.
  • more than 10,000 crashes resulted from speeding, which resulted in 247 deaths.
  • more than 17,000 crashes resulted from impaired driving, which resulted in 782 deaths.

“The partnerships we have formed with the other agencies along the I-95 corridor enhance our commitment to improving public safety,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Our challenge to ourselves and our partner agencies is to reduce traffic crashes along one of the busiest highways in our Interstate system.”

Please remember to dial *FHP (*347) from your cellphone to contact FHP to report an aggressive or impaired driver or to request roadside assistance.

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