Highway Patrol launches 3-day ‘I-10 Challenge’



Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 2:45 pm

Highway Patrol launches 3-day ‘I-10 Challenge’

Special to the Floridan


The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an intensified enforcement effort on Interstate 10 in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free today through March 30.

All seven counties that line Interstate 10 in Troop A along the panhandle (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson), will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “I-10 Challenge.”

FHP will concentrate efforts on I-10, proactively enforcing traffic and criminal laws.

During the three day period, the Florida Highway Patrol will conduct special details on I-10. The details will focus on distracted driving. In addition, troopers will be checking for aggressive drivers, speeders, seat belt use, and commercial vehicle safety. While these focus areas are something the Patrol does every day, this is an intensified effort to reduce crashes and injuries on Interstate 10 in Troop A.

The Patrol offers the following tip for safe travels on the roads, whether going a long distance or a short drive:

• Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature;

• Obey all speed limits;

• Drive sober and alert;

• Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc. Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even a second, can lead to a crash.

• Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination;

• Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 2:45 pm.

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Check FDOT’s 511 Traffic Service Before Heading To Springtime Tallahassee

News Release: Florida Department of Transportation

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages travelers heading to the 46th Annual Springtime Tallahassee this Saturday to use the 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road. 511 allows travelers to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more on all of Florida’s interstates, including I-10, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways.

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the festivities downtown throughout the day. Drivers should be prepared for increased congestion on I-10 near the Monroe Street, Thomasville Highway and Mahan Drive (US-90 East) interchanges.

There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:

  • Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
  • Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
  • Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play and iTunes.
  • Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter, including @FL511_Panhandl and @FL511_I10.

FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.

Safety Tips

  • Check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
  • Customize your trip at FL511.com before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone.
  • Always wear a safety belt.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Florida 511 Features

  • Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
  • Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.
  • Public transit, airport and seaport information.
  • AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
  • FL511.com provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and email, text and phone call alerts.
  • Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
  • The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish.

I-10 wreck leaves one with minor injuries

CHIPLEY — A single vehicular crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 at Mile Marker 118 this morning caused minor injuries for the driver and hours of traffic delays.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol a 2007 Freight Tractor-Trailer loaded with topsoil and mulch was headed westbound on Interstate 10 and traveled partially on the north shoulder.

The driver, Thomas Lee Cook, Jr., 48, of Old Town, then over corrected, causing the vehicle to travel partially into the median and Cook over corrected again, striking a guardrail and overturning, spilling its contents onto the roadway and causing minor traffic delays for westbound traffic on Interstate 10, according to the report.

Cook was transported to Northwest Florida Hospital with minor injuries.

Four taken to hospital after crash on I-10

4 Bay Minette residents injured in Florida crash

Four Baldwin County residents and a Florida man were seriously injured on Sunday after a pickup truck spun out while trying to merge onto Interstate 10 in Pensacola, according to a report from NorthEscambia.com.

According to the report, 37-year-old Ashley Stricken, of Cantonment, Fla., was on the eastbound I-10 ramp from U.S. Highway 29 when he lost control of his 1988 Toyota Tacoma and started to spin. The truck hit a 2014 Mazda which was being driven by Bay Minette resident Donald White, 58.

White was driving with three passengers, all from Bay Minette, at the time of the accident. NorthEscambia identified the passengers as 20-year-old Tyler White, 19-year-old Whitney Roberts and 25-year-old Amy Jernigan.

Officers with the Florida Highway Patrol did not respond to requests for comment.

Five Injured In Highway 29, I-10 Crash

March 24, 2014

Five people were seriously injured in a Sunday morning crash that tied up traffic from Highway 29 to I-10.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 37-year old Ashley E. Sticken of Cantonment was eastbound on the entrance ram to I-10 from southbound Highway 29 when she failed to negotiate the curve in her 1988 Toyota Tacoma. Her vehicle began to spin, striking a 2014 Mazda driven by 58-year old Donald E. White of Bay Minette.

White and his passengers, 20-year old Tyler E. White, 25-year old Amy Jernigan, and 19-year old Whitney Roberts, all of Bay Minette, were transported to West Florida Hospital in serious condition.

Sticken was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in serious condition. She was cited by the FHP for careless driving for failure to maintain proper control.

Pictured: Traffic was tied up at on the southbound Highway 29 entrance ramp to I-10 Sunday morning after crash the FHP said was caused by a Cantonment woman. NorthEscambia.com reader photo by April Pawless, click to enlarge.


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Traffic fatality closed I-10 eastbound in Columbia County for a while Wednesday – Florida Times

By Dan Scanlan

Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

| updated Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 6:07 am

Traffic fatality closed I-10 eastbound in Columbia County for a while Wednesday – Florida Times

By Dan Scanlan

Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

| updated Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 6:07 am

Fatal crash closes eastbound lanes of I-10 in Columbia

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Lake City woman killed in crash on I-10

Christina Ann Fields, 51, was driving a 2002 Saturn four-door westbound in the inside lane at about 8:37 a.m. She drove off the road, into the center median and then into the eastbound lanes, the report said.

James Gregory Rose, 52, of Conyers, Ga., was driving a 2004 Freightliner eastbound in the outside lane and hit the front of Fields’ car.

Fields died at the scene. Rose was taken to Lake City Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and released.

- Cindy Swirko