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Troopers on alert for the holiday

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Updated: 11/27/2013 2:56 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- During one of the busiest travel days of the year, Florida Highway Patrol troopers say they are looking for those people not following the law.

"Speeding is a problem but once it gets so crowded, they can't maintain the speed they want," said FHP trooper Philip Delgado.

Action News was invited for a ride along.

Within five minutes, Delgado found a driver going 14 miles over the speed limit.

Shortly after that, another driver was clocked going 15 over.

Troopers say last year during Thanksgiving week in Florida, more than 9,000 tickets were issued and 4,000 of those were because of speeding.

Delgado says he's seen it all too often during holiday traffic jams where speeding can turn into road rage and tailgating.

"On occasion well have reports of people driving on the shoulder they don't want to wait any more so they'll use the emergency lane," said Delgado.

To catch these drivers before road rage happens, troopers will start "Operation Care" and increase presence and patrol on the highways.

AAA says more than two million cars will be on Florida's highways for Thanksgiving.
This means drivers will not only have to look out for themselves, but others traveling for Thanksgiving as well.

"You've gotta remember that that many people on the road there's going to be traffic jams. You just need to bring your patience with you. Leave early enough," said AAA spokesman William Bishop.

Troopers say to avoid speeding, get on the road earlier.
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