Special to Atmore News
The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in force over the Thanksgiving holiday, helping to ensure that all motorists safely arrive at their destinations by reminding them to buckle up before they hit the road.
Law enforcement agencies across the state worked 10,659 crashes during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday period, including those in which 105 people — 19 of whom were not wearing seatbelts — lost their lives.
“FHP troopers and law enforcement officers across the state are spending the holiday away from their families to keep Floridians and visitors safe,” said Terry L. Rhodes. “As you travel, the greatest thanks you can give for their service is to buckle up at all times and always drive safely.”
Millions of holiday travelers are anticipated on Florida’s highways, city streets and county roads over the Thanksgiving holiday, leading to higher volumes of traffic on roadways. From November 20-25, all available FHP troopers, along with FHP reserve and auxiliary members, will be patrolling the roads to help ensure safe travel.
“The Florida Highway Patrol remains committed to serving the residents and visitors of Florida and ensuring traffic safety on our roads this holiday season,” said FHP Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding. “Whether you are traveling locally or across the state, it is imperative to buckle all seatbelts every time to ensure you arrive alive at your destination.”
Motorists are also reminded this Thanksgiving to obey all speed limits and adjust speed accordingly, as traffic congestion and weather conditions may require driving more slowly. Motorists should always keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel and their mind on driving.
The public is encouraged to report impaired or aggressive drivers by dialing *FHP (*347). Also, remember to check traffic conditions before leaving for a trip and allow sufficient time to arrive at your destination safely.
For real time traffic conditions and additional travel information, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/traffic/livetrafficfeed.html. For more information and safety tips for holiday travel, visit: https://www.flhsmv.gov/HolidayTravel.