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FHP taking part in 'Border to Border' enforcement effort on US 17

Multi-state operation aims to reduce crashes

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol is taking part in “Border to Border,” a multi-state enforcement effort that began Friday along U.S. 17.

The operation is in partnership with law enforcement agencies from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

Through June 11, law enforcement from each of the states will target dangerous driving behaviors -- speeding, following too close, distracted driving and improper lane changes -- to reduce crashes on U.S. 17.

“FHP is committed to making Florida’s highways safe for all motorists,” said FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding. “FHP reminds drivers that safe driving prevents crashes and saves lives. We encourage drivers to drive smart, drive safe and drive courteously.”

Preliminary data from January 1 to April 30 shows there were 1,430 crashes along U.S. 17 in Florida. Of those, FHP responded to and worked more than 58 percent.

During this time, FHP also focused its presence on U.S. 17 in specific locations for its Arrive Alive campaign. Troopers and their law enforcement partners have patrolled 2,918 hours on U.S. 17 in an effort to reduce traffic crashes and save lives, according to FHP.

During the same time period last year, there were 1,488 crashes along U.S. 17 and FHP worked more than 56 percent of those crashes.