Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol
TALLAHASSEE - The 2001 Memorial Day holiday weekend will begin at 0001 hours on Friday, May 25, 2001, and extend through midnight, Monday, May 28, 2001. The holiday coincides with the Buckle Up Florida! Campaign, the largest non-emergency law enforcement mobilization in Florida history. FHP and other law enforcement agencies will crack down on drivers who violate Florida’s safety belt and child passenger safety laws during the nine-day campaign, which begins on May 26, and ends on June 3, 2001.
All 366 state, county and local law enforcement agencies in Florida have taken a “zero tolerance" enforcement policy pledge regarding safety belt and child passenger restraint violations during the holiday period and the Buckle Up Florida campaign. “Click it or Ticket is the motto this year and it will prove to be a historic cooperative effort with a single goal in mind — to save lives,” said Colonel Charles C. “Curt” Hall, Director of FHP. Last year 43 people died in 38 crashes during the 96-hour holiday. “Law enforcement agencies in Florida are putting the public on notice with an aggressive television and radio advertising campaign — if they don’t buckle up, they will get a ticket,” added Colonel Hall. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for every age between 5 and 32. More than half of adults who die in crashes are not buckled up and six out of ten children who die in crashes are unrestrained.
FHP troopers have scheduled 203 seat belt enforcement details, 152 aggressive driving details, 68 DUI wolf packs, and 39 aircraft speed enforcement details during the Memorial Day holiday period. Particular attention will be paid to the first and final day of the holiday period, because statistics show that during these days, drivers are more likely to speed, drive aggressively and become frustrated when trying to reach their destinations.
In addition to targeting motorists who are not properly restrained, FHP troopers will also be conducting DUI sobriety checkpoint operations throughout the state during the four-day holiday weekend. Last year, 35% of the fatal traffic deaths occurring during the Memorial Day weekend were alcohol-related and 53% of all of the holiday crashes occurred during the nighttime hours.
Motorists are reminded to use their cellular phones wisely and safely. FHP urges all drivers to allow a passenger in the vehicle to make the call if the phone must be used while the vehicle is in motion. And as always, if you should require assistance or need to report a problem on the road, dial *FHP (*347). Motorists needing emergency services should call 911.