- FLHSMV issued safety tips to help keep Florida drivers safe this holiday season
FLHSMV also said that FHP’s increased presence throughout the state will help to deter traffic violations and enhance services to motorists who need assistance while traveling
With the holiday season in full swing, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is offering safety tips to keep Florida motorists on the ‘Nice List’ this Christmas.
FLHSMV and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) put together the road trip checklist to ensure that Florida drivers stay safe on the roads during the busiest long-distance travel period of the year.
Some of tips include routine vehicle maintenance ahead of traveling, as well as safety measures Floridians should implement when behind the wheel.
“Tragic crashes are unfortunately all too common, and often caused by someone who chose to not follow the law,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “We see the heartbreak these crashes cause to families, friends, and communities; but seldom do we hear of the many crashes that are prevented by motorists who are courteous, sober, and focused on the road and their surroundings. These are the drivers that keep us safe and the type of driver all motorists should aspire to be this holiday season and into the new year.”
In December 2021, there were 35,859 crashes on Florida roadways that took the lives of 325 people and injured 1,524, according to the FLHSMV. In more than 28% of those crashes, the driver action reported for at least one of the drivers involved was operating a motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner.
In December 2021, there were also 917 alcohol-confirmed crashes, 96 drug confirmed crashes, and 86 drug and alcohol confirmed crashes, for a total of 1,099 crashes involving alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both in Florida.
“Please remember to drink responsibly and make good decisions this holiday season,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Not only your life but the lives of others are in jeopardy if you decide to drink or use drugs and drive. FHP troopers will be aggressively enforcing impaired driving laws to ensure the safety of the citizens and visitors of Florida.”
Additionally, FHP noted it will be out in force on the highways to aid motorists and remove dangerous drivers from the road. FHP Auxiliary Troopers will also volunteer to augment FHP during the holiday period.