FHP Writes Nearly 8,000 Tickets Over the Thanksgiving Holidays
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is usually meant for enjoying time with family and friends, but some residents were enjoying time in the slammer thanks to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP arrested 157 people statewide over the 5-day holiday period for driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs. They also issued 5,944 tickets for speeding.
Additionally, as part of the Click-It or Ticket law, 1,391 tickets were written to people who were not wearing their seatbelt. FHP visibly stepped up their patrol duties of the state's highways between November 25 and November 29. Troopers who usually perform administrative and office duties during the holidays were added to the patroling force. Reserve troopers were also called to work that weekend. All together, nearly 8,000 tickets statewide were written over the holiday.
Unfortunately, reckless driving comes with a price. More than 4,000 people had auto trouble or were involved in a crash and 21 people died in car crashes over the same 5-day period.
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