Major Kevin Guidry and Georgia State Patrol Lieutenant Bill Kitchens met at the Florida-Georgia state line on August 30th to renew their respective agency's commitment toward reducing traffic fatalities during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The Florida Highway Patrol anticipates that 31 people will be killed in traffic crashes during the 96-hour Labor Day holiday weekend, beginning at 0001 hours Friday, September 1, 2000, and extending through midnight, Monday, September 4, 2000. The prediction is based on traffic fatality experience during the last three Labor Day holiday periods.
In an effort to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries that are likely to occur, Florida Highway Patrol troopers and local law enforcement officers representing close to 300 police and sheriff's departments will join forces during the 6th phase of Buckle Up Florida, a statewide enforcement and education campaign that focuses on increasing motorist's compliance with Florida's safety belt and child restraint laws. The Buckle Up Florida campaign will run September 2-10. "Motorists who are stopped for a traffic violation and found unrestrained can expect to receive a citation from virtually any officer from any law enforcement agency," warned Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of FHP. FHP troopers have maintained a "zero tolerance" enforcement policy for safety belt and child restraint violations since November 1997.