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Florida Officials Warn of Holiday Roadway Dangers

The state of Florida ranks among the top three places in the country to visit over the holiday travel season, according to the Los Angeles Times. Snowbirds are coming down and residents throughout the area will be traveling within the Sunshine State to celebrate the holidays with friends and family members.

As a matter of fact, there are more than 93 million Americans who are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their home. About 5 million of those travelers are Florida residents. According to the Sun Sentinel, about 90 percent of holiday travelers will be hitting our roadways. This is mainly because of the high prices for plane tickets during this time of the year. With more motor vehicle traffic out there, the risks for car accidents are going to be through the roof. Our Lantana car accident attorneys are asking everyone to keep safety a top priority. Accidents can be avoided with preparation and safe driving.

Officials consider the holiday travel period as the time from the 22nd of December through the 2nd of January. Every year, we see a lot more accidents during this time than during any other similar time frame.

Travel is up about 2 percent from last year, and the highest we’ve seen since 2006.

“The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick off the New Year with a vacation,” said Brent Hubele, AAA Travel Vice President.

To help to keep you safe while traveling through the holidays, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will be out in force.

Holiday Travel Tips from FHP:

-Let someone know where and when you’re going. Tell a loved one your holiday travel plans in case something should happen.

-Never get in your vehicle without a cell phone. Bring along a charger for your car or an extra battery if you’re going on a long trip.

-Make sure that you fill up your gas tank before leaving.

-Know where you’re going before you leave. Behind the wheel is no time to mess with road maps or with GPS devices.

-Always travel with your car doors locked.

-Be aware of the road laws in the places you’ll be traveling to or through.

-Always wear a seat belt. It’s your best defense against injury in the event of an accident.

-Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat.

-Always have a designated driver if your plans consist of alcohol.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-561-7777 today!

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