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FHP Will Begin To Ticket Aggressive Drivers More in New Campaign

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Florida Highway Patrol Officer Ray Ada (Photo credit: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida Highway Patrol Officer Ray Ada (Photo credit: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Up-tight aggressive drivers beware the Florida Highway patrol is on the lookout for you! A new state-wide Florida Highway Patrol campaign will crack down on drivers who take their aggressions and unsafe driving habits on the road.

The new campaign begins February 27 – 29 and will target drivers who follow to close, make unsafe lane changes and speed. According to FHP; “aggressive, distracted and unsafe driving accounts for 88 percent of the crashes. Only 12 percent of the crashes are the result of vehicle defects, road conditions or inclement weather.”

Col. David Brierton stated that FHP “is committed to keeping our roadways safe for all motorists, and we are pleased to partner with the Florida Trucking Association on this safety campaign. “Whether you are driving a commercial motor vehicle or a passenger car, it is a driver‘s responsibility to drive with care.”

In addition to targeted enforcement, the campaign will use billboard and radio messaging to increase awareness among car and truck drivers of safe driving behaviors around one another and of the heightened risk of receiving a ticket for a violation.

FHP will also collaborate with the Florida Trucking Association to conduct activities at schools and community centers around the state to educate drivers on how to share the road safely with large trucks.

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