Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FHP: 157 arrested for DUI during Thanksgiving holiday

Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested 157 motorists for driving under the influence during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday, according to the FHP.

Also, troopers busted more than 7,800 motorists were cited for speeding and safety belt violations on state highways during the holiday weekend, Nov. 25-29.

Of the citations issued by FHP troopers, 5,944 were for speeding, and 1,391 were for safety belt violations.

Troopers also worked numerous traffic crashes, of which there were 21 fatalities, according to FHP.

“The Florida Highway Patrol enhanced our patrols to remove unsafe drivers from the streets so that families could reach their destinations safely and enjoy the holiday with friends and loved ones,” said Czernis. “Throughout the holiday season we will continue our enhanced enforcement efforts with special emphasis on impaired drivers. Motorists should always designate a sober driver if they plan to consume alcohol.”

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