Vacation/Holiday Travel Tips
Christmas & New Year’s Holidays
The holidays are a great time for family and friends to create many memories together. The Florida Highway Patrol hopes that you and your family have a safe and joyous time over the weeks leading to the new year. We are committed to protecting you on our roadways, assisting you in any way possible, and providing you with the information you need to enjoy the holidays.
Please take some time to review the tips we have put together to further this goal.
GENERAL HOLIDAY SAFETY
Safety when you leave the house and travel is an obvious concern for us at the Florida Highway Patrol, but please remember, safety begins at home. Use these tips to insure safety during the holidays.
MALL & SHOPPING SAFETY
Don’t let criminals be your “scrooge” this holiday. Take a few precautions when you venture out to do Christmas shopping and you will “take a bite out of crime”.
PARTY HOSTING TIPS
From planning the party menu to assessing how guests will get home safely once the party is over, your role as a responsible party host can keep your friends and loved ones safe.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS
Traveling across country or across town, it is important to keep safety in mind. Getting there could actually be half the fun!
DESIGNATE A DRIVER
The “Designated Driver” is NOT the person who has had the least amount to drink, it is the person who has had NOTHING to drink! Responsible planning means identifying the person who will do the driving before your holiday celebrating begins. The designated driver is the one who is responsible to get you home safely.
Use *FHP on your cellular phone to report impaired drivers.
As well as serving soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages, how about some exciting and eventful beverage recipes. Not only do they taste great, but they also help ensure the comfort of your guests who may not drink alcohol.
TOW TO GO
AAA and Budweiser partner to provide free rides to guests who have too much to drink.
Throughout Florida a number of programs offer free rides to individuals who have had too much to drink. Various taxi services, wrecker companies, and other businesses may offer such services to keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.
AAA and Budweiser offer a service called “Tow to Go” that provides private party goers and licensed establishments a way to get people home safely. Adults in need of a ride can call 1-800-AAA-HELP. AAA will dispatch a tow truck and will take both the driver and the vehicle home, free of charge. This service is available throughout Florida – to both AAA members and non-members.
Tow to Go removes the number one excuse for drunk driving – the intoxicated motorist not wanting to leave their car – by not only taking the driver home safely, but also their vehicle home safely too.