Today, the Florida Highway Patrol announced its efforts to reduce the number of automobile accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday. The holiday weekend results in a high volume of traffic because of family travel and tourism which could result in a higher number of traffic crashes. Therefore, FHP will increase its presence on Florida’s roads by increasing the number of officers on patrol, including personnel normally assigned to administrative duties. Troopers will be on the lookout for DUI, speeding, following too closely, and other aggressive driving behaviors. Florida Highway Patrol recommends the following travel safety tips for the busy travel weekend:
• Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip
• Observe and obey all speed limits
• Allow plenty of time to reach your destinations
• Drive sober, and only sober
• Buckle up!
• Eliminate distractions: Texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the stereo – these are all examples of things that can take your eyes off the road, which is exactly what you want to avoid.
• Prepare your vehicle: Check fluids for proper levels, i.e. oil, gas and windshield wipers, and ensure your tires have adequate pressure and are in good condition.
If you plan to travel over the holiday, remember to take your time getting to your destination. Long car rides can be an annoyance, but they can also be an opportunity to spend more time with family. The law firm of Earle & Smith would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.