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– Family, friends, food and fireworks are a good mix to celebrate America’s birthday

but mixing alcohol and driving can turn the celebration into a tragedy. The Florida Highway Patrol will be out

in full force during the Independence Day holiday travel period, which runs July 4 through July 7, looking to

remove impaired drivers from the road.

“The Florida Highway Patrol continues our commitment to making the highways a safer place to drive by

increasing our patrol efforts during the holiday,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton. “Our troopers will be

on the roads, and taking enforcement action when needed, to ensure public safety for Florida motorists by

reducing the number of alcohol related crashes.”

All uniformed FHP personnel will be on duty to patrol interstates and other major state roads throughout the

holiday period. The strategy aims to increase the Patrol’s presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic

violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance.

Some tips from FHP for a safe Fourth of July:

Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

If you are impaired, call a taxi, a sober driver, a family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.

If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement.

And remember if you know someone is about to drive when they are impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through

excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through

the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and

titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit

, follow us on Twitter @FDHSMV or find us on Facebook.



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