Our South Florida traffic attorneys have learned that the Florida Highway Patrol will bulk up its patrols on July 30 and 31 in an effort to reduce driving hazards on the Florida Turnpike and interstate highways. Troopers will be cracking down on drivers who tailgate, speed, run traffic lights, change lanes without warning, violate the Move Over Law, or drive under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
Troopers will use RADAR, VASCAR, LASER, video cameras, and unmarked patrol vehicles as part of this special enforcement campaign called Be Smart, Drive Smart Florida! In addition, the Florida Highway Patrol will use its aircraft to watch for potentially unsafe drivers. Enforcement will be focused on Florida’s Turnpike, every interstate, and other major state roads in Florida.
Although there are no additional fines or points for aggressive driving, when a trooper stops someone for aggressive driving, the driver receives a traffic citation for the offenses committed and the troopers checks an “aggressive driving” box on the citation. Judges may impose higher fines or require the defendant to enroll in an aggressive driving course if they see the box checked on the citation.