DAVIE — Law enforcement in the six states connected by Interstate 75 will crack down this weekend on drivers who speed or don’t use their seat belts.
“We want to remind all motorists to always use seat belts,” said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky about the three day enforcement effort that began Friday. “The seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature. All children 3 and under must be in a car seat, in a back seat.” Motorists may notice a bigger trooper presence in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
At the Florida Highway Patrol’s Davie barracks on Friday, a trooper took off on I-75 to aim radar and lasers at lead-footed motorists.
Such safety efforts have previously happened along Interstate 10 and Interstate 95.
During each quarter in 2014, the enforcement moved to I-75 as part of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’ campaign to reduce traffic deaths, Wysocky said.
In March, troopers along the corridor focused on distracted drivers.
In June, raising awareness about the Move Over law — which requires drivers to change lanes or, if not possible, to slow to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit when law enforcement is stopped and with lights flashing — was the goal.
In December, troopers will look for impaired drivers, Wysocky said.
Patrol methods in Florida this weekend will also include planes that are nicknamed “bears in the air.”
Aircraft flying at about 1,500 feet will track speeders and alert the agency’s black and tan patrol cars that line up along the highway about which offenders to pull over.
The planes are expected to fly over I-75 in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Wysocky said.