There are more than 2 million Floridians who are expected to hit our roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday break.
According to 13NEWS, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) predict that congestion on our roadways will start around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will continue on through the night. On Sunday, when everyone returns home, the traffic will build during the afternoon and continue well into evening.
There are cameras along our roadways that help to monitor traffic conditions. When the Department of Transportation’s traffic management department first opened, there was only one camera. Now there are hundreds. These cameras look for traffic congestion and accidents. When these conditions are noted, they’re immediately sent to the traffic management office and motorists are alerted in areas equipped with overhead signs.
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand that there were 30 people who were killed on Florida roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year. There were close to 40 who died the year before. In many of these accidents, the victims were not wearing their seat belt. In addition, alcohol was to blame for many of them as well.
“The last thing law enforcement wants to do is knock on someone’s door and tell them a loved one has been killed,” said Sgt. Kim Montes with the FHP.
The most important pointer that officials with the FHP say that they have for you is to leave yourself with plenty of time to get where you’ve got to go, have your GPS programmed before leaving your home and call 5-1-1 to get all of the latest information on the traffic and weather conditions.
Florida attracts people from all over the world during the holiday season. It’s because we are blessed with beautiful weather and miles and miles of shoreline. Unfortunately, we’re cursed with dangerous roadways because of it. It’s up to responsible drivers to help to eliminate these risks.
Officials with AAA are asking you to turn off your cell phone while driving so there are no distracting temptations. Remember that passengers can be distractions, too! Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road!
Because gas prices have dipped since last year, more people feel comfortable hopping in the car and taking that much-needed holiday trip. That’s mainly the reason why 90 percent of holiday travelers across the nation are taking this form of transportation. The remainder are relying on planes, trains and buses.
Be safe out there. Make sure you check road conditions, leave with plenty of time, keep distractions away from the driver, practice your most defensive driving habits and make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly buckled in during every car ride. These few safety precautions can potentially save your life over this chaotic travel holiday.