FHP Turkey Day crackdown nabs Thanksgiving speeders

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MAITLAND, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol's Turkey Day crackdown didn't take long to yield results.

Troopers ticketed drivers for speeding on Interstate 4.

Channel 9's Mario Boone sat with patrols Thursday morning on the Interstate near the Maitland Boulevard exit in Orange County.

Within two hours of staging a speed enforcement sting along I-4, FHP nabbed one driver going 100 mph in a 50 mph zone.

"The majority of tickets we have issued today were people doing thirty or more over the posted speed limit," Sgt. Kim Montes of FHP said.

FHP wrote nearly 60 speeding tickets and 11 warnings just at the Maitland exit.

"Our aircraft caught you doing 72 in a 50," a trooper told one driver.

The alleged speeders range from fathers in packed minivans to a young mom with a small infant in the backseat.

"He got you doing 71 in a 50," Montes told her.

During Thanksgiving last year, two people died on central Florida interstates in car wrecks.

"Our job out here today is to get people to slow down," Montes said.

"Not only does it ruin that Thanksgiving for all those family members, Thanksgivings to come will always be remembered with a death of a loved one involved in a crash."