Florida Teaming Up With East Coast States 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.
The I-95 Drive to Save Lives safety and enforcement initiative takes place October 20 through 21 with law enforcement agencies in each state conducting enforcement details on I-95. This initiative’s operational goal is to provide highly visible traffic enforcement across the approximate 1,920 miles of the Interstate 95 corridor to reduce traffic deaths and injuries across the U.S. In support of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Drive to Save Lives initiative, FHP will place emphasis on changing high-risk behaviors of motorists, such as distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, commercial vehicle safety and buckling up.
“The Florida Highway Patrol, along with the many law enforcement agencies along the I-95 corridor, are committed to public safety,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The I-95 Drive to Save Lives initiative will reduce traffic crashes and save lives along one of our country’s busiest highways.”
In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-21, FHP reminds teens and those in the car with them, to buckle up every time to Arrive Alive. Florida teens make up approximately five percent of Florida’s licensed drivers; however, in 2016, teen crashes made up 11 percent of all crashes. FHP encourages parents to model good safety habits at the beginning that help ensure teens buckle up even when their parents are not in the vehicle.
Motorists can dial *FHP (*347) from a cell phone to contact FHP to report an aggressive or impaired driver or to request roadside assistance.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about FLHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.