To help make sure that motorists make it safely through the busy travel season, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are pushing Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), law enforcement officials will be looking for drivers who follow too closely, speed and drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Officials will also be on the hunt, making sure that everyone, including children, are properly restrained in each and every vehicle.
Our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand that holidays are some of the worst travel periods of all. And this time of year, we’ve got Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. In 2012, officials with the FHP handed out close to 9,500 traffic citations over the Thanksgiving Holiday period. Of these citations, there were more than 4,000 who were cited for speeding, close to 700 who were cited for seat belt violations and close to 150 arrested for driving under the influence. Officials were also able to provide roadside assistance to close to 2,500 motorists.
To help to make sure that you get to your holiday destination safely this year, officials with the FHP offer the following safety tips:
-Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is properly wearing their seat belt during every car ride, no matter how short or long the ride may be.
-Make sure you keep an eye on your speed limit. Always follow the posted speed limits. They’re there to keep you safe — not to slow you down.
-Never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. If drinking is involved in your festivities, make sure that you also have a designated driver, an alternative ride home or a safe place to stay.
-Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat. Anything that takes your full attention off the road, even for a second, could be deadly. This includes text messaging, messing with the radio, talking to passengers, etc.
-Make sure that you’re well-rested before you head out. Get a full night of sleep and avoid driving during times that your body would normally be sleeping.
In the state of Florida, there were close to 281,500 car accidents reported in the state of Florida. This means that there were roughly 770 car accidents recorded each and every day. In these accidents, there were more than 2,250 people killed and another 200,000 people injured. And don’t forget about the property-only accidents, accounted for roughly 150,000 accidents.
And the truth of the matter is that most all of our Florida accidents are completely preventable. Sometimes, drivers get a little bit too comfortable behind the wheel and they forget to focus in on their safe driving habits. It’s when this happens that we see needless accidents. So, before you head out on your next trip, make sure that you’re focusing on arriving safely.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Hollander Law Form at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. There is no fee unless we win.