Make Sure Your Holidays Are Happy

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~Don’t forget about safety during the hustle and bustle of the season ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The next two weeks will be a busy time on Florida roads as a record number of people are expected to travel for the holidays. Whether you’re driving across town or across the state, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reminds everyone to stay alert, courteous and safe as they journey the state’s roads this holiday season. Last year in Florida, 66 people lost their lives in nearly 14,000 crashes that occurred between Dec. 23 and New Year’s Day.

To help ensure your safety, the Florida Highway Patrol will be out in force on the highways to provide assistance to motorists, as well as to get impaired drivers off the road.  If you need help or see someone driving who you think might be impaired, call *FHP (*347) on your cell phone. During this holiday period last year, troopers provided assistance to nearly 5,000 travelers.

To make sure you get to your holiday destination and back home safely, FHP has the following travel tips:

  • Your seat belt is your vehicle’s best safety feature. Buckle Up!
  • Don’t drink and drive. If you are planning to have drinks, make sure you have a designated driver to make sure everyone gets home safely.
  • Don’t drive distracted. The highways will be full of distractions; you don’t need to make your own.
  • Get plenty of rest before you head out on your journey. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
  • Obey the speed limit and practice courtesy on the highway. You’re not the only one trying to get somewhere for the holidays.

A little caution and safety on the highways can go a long way towards making this a safe and happy holiday season.santatrooper

From all of us at FLHSMV, Happy Holidays!

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