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Florida Highway Patrol issues 64 citations in two hours on I-75

Posted at 9:07 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 23:43:28-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) issued 64 citations during a speed enforcement detail on Nov.25, from 10 a.m. to noon, on Interstate 75 in Lee County.

Drivers were ticketed for speeds ranging from 95 - 116 mph.

That same morning, troopers responded to a crash involving an impaired driver that closed all northbound lanes of I-75 for hours and created major traffic delays.

RELATED: 25 tons of rock spilled across I-75 in crash

“We can do a lot better than this,” said Lt. Greg Bueno with FHP. “Rather than violate traffic laws and put lives in danger this holiday weekend, let’s instead give the gift of safety, please do your part!”

Troopers say to expect increased traffic throughout the holidays, as this is a peak travel period for families coming together to celebrate.

Click here for interactive crash and citation data during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

FHP asks drivers to follow these tips to help ensure we all Arrive Alive this Thanksgiving:

Never drive impaired. Celebrate responsibly and do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking or took drugs that cause impairment. Plan ahead and find a safe way home every time – designate a driver or use a ride service.

Check your tires. Tires are a vehicle’s first line of defense on the road. Check your tire pressure, tread depth and spare tire especially before long trips. Do not overload your vehicle, it can result in premature wear and tire blowouts.

Buckle up. A seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature. Florida law requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers and all passengers under the age of 18 wear seat belts or the appropriate child restraints. Seat belts save lives, so buckle up every trip, every time.

Register or update your Emergency Contact Information (ECI). ECI is a secure system allowing law enforcement, nationwide, to contact designated family or friends in response to an emergency situation.

Observe and obey all speed limits. Speed limits may change as you drive through different types of roadways, so make sure you adjust your speed accordingly. In Florida, the limit will never be over 70 mph.

Download FHP’s Road Trip Checklist & Safety Tips to make sure you’re doing everything possible to Arrive Alive.

Call *FHP (*347) to report intoxicated or aggressive drivers, or if your vehicle breaks down and you need assistance. To request immediate emergency services, dial 911.