Traffic Crashes Increase Over Holidays

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Traffic crashes generally increase over the holiday travel season says the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The agencies are reminding motorists to be extra careful and ensure that their vehicles are safe to drive.

“Florida continues to be a top holiday destination for visitors and residents, making our roads some of the busiest during the upcoming months,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “As you prepare to hit the road this holiday season, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the trip, always buckle up, and remember that safety is always in season.”

Reducing Traffic Crashes

FLHSMV holiday safety messaging campaign is stressing vehicle safety by focusing on the necessity of maintaining a road-ready vehicle, starting with the car’s tires. “Tires are a vehicle’s first line of defense on the road, so it’s critical to check your tires before hitting the road,” the agency said. There are nearly 3,000 tire-related traffic crashes in Florida every year, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.

Tires should be inspected periodically for deterioration, tread wear, and adequate pressure, according to safety experts. Never drive on tires that are more than six years old. Check your spare tire to verify it is in good shape and ready for usage. You can visit the FLHSMV Tire Safety page for more information on properly maintaining your tires.

Troopers Working to Prevent Traffic Crashes

In addition to driving a safe vehicle, it’s also important to drive safely, stay alert, and obey speed limits to avoid traffic crashes. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be watching. “Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force this holiday season to keep our roadways safe,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Please make good decisions and Arrive Alive this holiday season. Never drive impaired.”

His message is echoed by Sheriff Al Nienhuis, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association. “The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year to travel,”  Nienhuis says. “The Sheriffs of Florida and our teams are patrolling the roads to do our part to get you to your destination. In return, we ask that you prioritize safety by never driving impaired, wearing your seatbelt, and planning your route. Together, we can arrive alive and enjoy a happy and safe holiday season.”

Despite all the warnings and reminders, some drivers don’t drive safely and cause traffic crashes. If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident, talk to an Orlando car accident attorney at the Martinez Manglardi personal injury law firm. Call 866-730-3508 for a free consultation. Convenient locations throughout Central Florida.

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