Governor Rick Scott this afternoon directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The suspension went into effect at 4 p.m. CST, per FDOT.
“By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary,” Governor Scott said.
Governor Scott said he made the move “to keep traffic flowing” and that the tolls will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.
“Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared,” Governor Scott said.
According to Scott’s press office, FDOT has been in contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners.
“We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe,” Governor Scott said.