Friday is the last day of classes for Miami-Dade and Broward County public schools. Students are on Spring Break next week. Florida Highway Patrol visited South Miami High school to warn students about driving during the break.
This is Trooper Joe Sanchez’s fifth year visiting South Miami students.
"We expect more motorists out on the road. Our traffic is gonna increase in South Florida," says Sanchez. "Come down here. Have a great time. Enjoy yourself, but be careful."
He says because there are more drivers on the streets, there are usually more incidents.
South Florida commuters will see some changes on I-75 and I-595 as improvements like noise buffers and new ramps begin.
Because of work on its express lanes, I-75 will get wider lanes near Sheridan Street, which will come with "noise walls" to keep surrounding neighborhoods quiet.
Broward County engineers are also fixing the timing on some traffic signals at exits along I-595, particularly where drivers have complained of lengthy waits at the westbound State Road 84 and Davie Road intersection.
In response to public complaints about a lack of enforcement on 95 in Miami-Dade County, FHP roughly doubled its enforcement Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., expanding the hours from the originally planned 10-to-4 timeframe.
The people have spoken and now they must slow down.
On Feb. 10, the Florida Highway Patrol launched Operation I-95 Saturation in Miami-Dade County, essentially doubling the number of troopers on one of South Florida’s main arteries. The increased enforcement will be in place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday this week.
“Well, it came about because we’ve gotten complaints that there haven’t been enough troopers out on I-95,” said Trooper Joe Sanchez, a spokesman for the FHP in Miami-Dade County.