Florida Highway Patrol Expected in Full Force During Thanksgiving Holiday

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 17:11:44-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - If you're hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force from Wednesday to Sunday.

They are asking you to buckle up, and not drink and drive.

Troopers say speed limits in Florida are no more than 70 miles per hour. They say gauge your speed when you see traffic congestion.

Overall, they have asked everyone to pay attention and not drive distracted.

"It's not only just texting on your phone or answering a phone call," said Captain Jeff Bissainthe. "It's talking to your passengers in the vehicle. It's adjusting your radio. It's messing with the GPS. We just want everyone to keep their minds on driving and their hands on the wheel and everyone to focus."

During the Thanksgiving holiday period last year, law enforcement agencies around the state worked more than 9,900 crashes.

Eighty-four people were killed with 17 of them not wearing seat belts.