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Fla., Ga. Troopers Unite This Labor Day Holiday To Crack Down On Impaired Driving


Florida State Troopers are partnering with other law enforcement agencies, in-and-out-of-state, for the “Hands Across the Border” safety campaign. It’s an annual campaign that aims to promote safe driving practices along area highways leading up to the Labor Day Holiday—particularly sober driving.

For the past few years, alcohol-related deaths have been on an increase in Florida. And, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Ryan Martina says law enforcers hope to make sure that doesn’t happen this Labor Day weekend.

“During this week leading up to the Labor Day Holiday, troopers, police, and sheriff’s deputies from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama are converging in areas near the state line to set up sobriety checkpoints in order to catch impaired motorists, entering and leaving Florida. The event is typically signified by the iconic handshake of the different law enforcement agencies command staff, reaffirming their commitment to this campaign,” said Martina. 

The “Hands Across the Border” takes place along U.S. 231, Interstate-75, and Interstate-95. While the main goal is to combat DUI crashes and fatalities, troopers are also cracking down on child restraint and seatbelt violations.

The campaign ends Monday on Labor Day, September 1st. The weekend is seen as one of the busiest travel holidays among the Southern states.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.