Florida – Thursday, June 30, 2022: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and the Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is urging drivers to exercise caution while traveling on Florida roads this holiday weekend.
More than 2.6 million Floridians are expected to travel during the July 4 holiday period which begins Thursday, June 30 and ends next Monday, July 4. According to AAA Florida, 89% of those travelers are expected to travel by automobile, the highest record since July 4, 2001.
“With a record number of trips expected over the holiday weekend, we urge motorists to drive with caution and obey all Florida traffic rules,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “The 4th of July holiday is a great time to get together with friends, family and loved ones to celebrate our nation’s independence, but please be safe, never drive impaired and arrive alive on this day of independence.”
As of July 2021, nearly 56,000 speeding tickets have been issued to drivers across Florida and more than 13,000 citations have been issued for reckless driving. FHP soldiers will have an increased presence on Florida roads throughout the holiday weekend and will conduct law enforcement operations targeting aggressive and impaired drivers.
“FHP urges all Floridians and visitors to slow down and never drive while impaired, especially this July 4 holiday weekend,” said Col. Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. . “Please make sure you have a plan if you do decide to drink and always have a designated driver. If you witness an aggressive or impaired driver, we encourage you to dial *FHP (*347) or 911. The life you save could be your own.
FHP offers the following driving safety tips for this year’s 4th of July weekend:
• Do not drive while impaired. If you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, arrange for a designated driver or ride-sharing service to get you home safely. Never drive while impaired by drugs.
• If you see an impaired or aggressive driver, call *FHP (*347) or 911.
• Obey speed limits and be courteous on the freeway.
• Buckle up. Your seat belt is your vehicle’s best safety feature.
• ATVs and off-road vehicles should be driven on unpaved roads – never on the highway.
• Don’t drive distracted. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on the drive.
• Get enough rest before driving. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving.
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