The Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Highway Patrol and local law enforcement are teaming up to help prevent reckless driving. A campaign aimed to save lives by helping prevent speeding kicked off on Monday, July 18. “Operation Southern Slow Down” will run from now until Saturday, July 23rd. The awareness campaign will conduct concentrated speed enforcements on interstates and state highways.
It feels like there’s no in between with Florida drivers. They’re either going way below the speed limit, causing a massive traffic backup, or they’re weaving and speeding through cars. “It’s not uncommon for officers and deputies and troopers to encounter people 30, 40, 50 mph over the speed limit,” said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
Faster doesn’t always mean safer. For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2020 speeding killed over 11,000 people, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) In this year alone, there have been a total of 1,590 fatal crashes in Florida.
If you encounter a driver with the need for speed, its best practice to:
- Give the speeding driver plenty of space in front of you. Speeding drivers may lose control of their car more easily.
- If you’re in the left lane and someone wants to pass, it’s best to move over and let them by.
- Call the police if you believe a driver is too reckless, is following or harassing you.