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The Pensacola Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol are joining forces to crack down on reckless drivers and traffic crashes within city limits
During July, officers from both agencies will work overtime to enforce traffic laws to supplement officers on patrol in an effort to reduce the number of traffic crashes.
“Our goal is to reduce traffic crashes by changing driving behaviors,” said PPD Chief Tommi Lyter. “Our partnership with the FHP will allow us to more than double our traffic enforcement efforts through increased manpower and assistance. We’re very grateful to the FHP for their participation.”
Said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward: “I am extremely proud of this forward thinking solution by our Pensacola Police Department and thankful for our partnership with the Florida Highway Patrol. As Mayor, public safety is always one of my main priorities and this is another initiative that will protect the citizens and visitors of Pensacola.”
FHP Major Warren K. Fast, commander of Troop A, noted that traffic crashes have a major impact on the lives of many in the Pensacola area. “It is our responsibility to do all we can to help reduce injury crashes and fatalities. This is an excellent initiative toward this end, and we are pleased to be a part of it,” Fast said.
Among the areas to be targeted during the crackdown are main corridors such as Ninth Avenue between Langley Avenue and Bayou Boulevard, Bayfront Parkway from 17th Avenue to Spring Street, and Cervantes, Garden and Main streets.