Planning on hitting the road for some Fourth of July fun?
Take care behind the wheel. The Florida Highway Patrol intends to be out in force, looking for motorists who might compromise the safety of others.
“Motorists are reminded to use caution during their travels by obeying posted speed limits, increasing their following distances to other vehicles, and insure their vehicles are in proper maintenance for long-range trips and vacations,” said highway patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins. They should also “Report aggressive and drunk drivers by calling *FHP (*347). Always wear your seat beltsand des ignate a sober driver or make alternate travel plans to avoid mixing alcohol and driving.”
FHP has announced its driver’s license and safety check points for July. Checkpoints are random, daytime operations, Gaskins said. They are meant to help keep vehicles with defective equipment off Florida's roads.
In the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch area, the highway patrol will have checkpoints on U.S. 301, U.S. 41, Lithia-Pinecrest Road, Symmes Road, Balm Road, Rhodine Road and Balm-Riverview Road