Florida Highway Patrol Troopers patrolling Labor Day weekend

 

 

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"We kept a close eye on anything to do with driving under the influence," said Sargent Eddie Elmore. He says he and his colleagues usually spend Labor Day weekend patrolling the highways to keep drivers safe. "Hurricane Hermine was coming into our district so we kind of changed focus for a couple days preparing for the hurricane to come in," said Sgt. Elmore. Despite Hermine many drivers still made their way to and from the beach - some of them impaired. "We've had several cases of driving under the influence over the weekend," explained Sgt. Elmore. Florida Highway Patrol has yet to tabulate just how many drivers were charged over the weekend, but they say it’s an unfortunate trend they see every year on busy roadways. "State Road A, which is I10, U.S. 231 which are all big major thoroughfares," said Sgt. Elmore, "you're gonna have those increase in fatality rates because there's just more people on the roads coming through this county." Sgt. Elmore says deputies want people to have a good time on holiday weekends, but also want them to be responsible. "If you're gonna drink," said Sgt. Elmore, "please just make sure you have a designated driver so that you don't become one of those statistics that we see every year."

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