Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers of the danger and consequences of reckless driving and racing following two recent arrests of people caught driving dangerously on Lee County roads.
Troopers say on January 20, just before midnight, a trooper saw two vehicles going as fast as 123 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone on State Road 82 near 40th Street SW.
Troopers say one of the cars, a Honda Accord, was stopped, and the driver, 21-year-old Ricardo Domingo Pascual of Immokalee, was arrested. He faces charges of reckless driving, racing on highways, and driving with a suspended license.
Two days later, on January 22, troopers saw a Chevrolet Camaro speeding down State Road 82, doing 91 in a 55-mile-per-hour zone near Sunshine Boulevard. Troopers say the car drove into a ditch after FHP attempted a traffic stop, and the driver fled.
On January 24, troopers located the driver, Joshua Anthony Robles, 33, of Lehigh Acres, and placed him under arrest. He faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash, fraud/making a false statement, reckless driving, obstruction, and a probation violation.
Florida Highway Patrol is using these two cases as an example for all motorists to abide by posted speed limits.
Reckless driving and racing are both arrestable offenses and are extremely dangerous for the drivers involved and all other road users in the area.
Those charged are subject to enhanced penalties, including license suspensions, increased fines, stiffer penalties if a serious injury or death is involved, and vehicle impoundment.