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Monday, Sep 22, 2014
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Florida Highway Patrol in six-state I-75 crackdown


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The Florida Highway Patrol is joining law enforcement from five other states along the Interstate 75 corridor this weekend to reduce traffic fatalities.

The I-75 Challenge campaign is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to reduce U.S. traffic fatalities by 15 percent this year.

The challenge will consist of four high-visibility enforcement weekends. The March 28-30 and Dec. 26-28 weekends will target impaired driving; June 27-29 will be motorcycle safety; and Sept. 26-28 will focus on occupant protection, distracted driving and speeding.

During the enforcement periods, increased numbers of law enforcement officials will be positioned along the 1,786-mile I-75 corridor, which runs through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

The campaign will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to remind all drivers along I-75 to drive safely and save lives.

“People need to be reminded to obey the speed limit, drive sober, wear their seat belts, and put their phones away,” Kentucky State Patrol Commissioner Rodney Brewer said. “Too many people are dying in senseless, preventable crashes on I-75.

“During the I-75 Challenge, we will show zero tolerance for unsafe driving. If we see you violating a life-saving traffic law, you will be stopped and ticketed or arrested. No excuses.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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