In a glimpse of what motorists can expect for Christmas and New Year’s traffic enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol announced it assisted nearly 4,000 motorists and issued almost 13,000 citations during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
As our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers have reported, the holidays bring an increased risk of car accidents in Fort Lauderdale, Margate, West Palm Beach and the surrounding area.
Authorities will be paying particular attention to drunk driving, speeding, aggressive driving and drivers who are not wearing seat belts or who are disobeying other safety laws. Preliminary results for the Thanksgiving holiday are encouraging: Fatal accidents declined 36 percent to 23 deaths, compared to the 36 motorists who died on Florida roads last year.
“We can attribute part of the significant reduction in fatalities to our efforts to educate the public about Florida traffic laws and to enforce those laws,” said Patrol Col. John Czernis. “The Florida Highway Patrol works hard to ensure residents and visitors make it safely to their destinations. We are very proud of the dedicated service and commitment to highway safety exhibited by our troopers.”
FHP Enforcement Results:
-Motorist Assists: 3,990
-DUI Arrests: 121
-Safety Belt Citations: 1,407
-Total Citations: 12,770
Freeman & Mallard is a South Florida personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.