News

2016

Buckle Up to Arrive Alive This Thanksgiving

~ FHP enforcement will include extra troopers patrolling from November 23-27 ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is helping to ensure all motorists Arrive Alive this Thanksgiving holiday and is reminding motorists to buckle up before they hit the road. During the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday period, law enforcement agencies statewide worked 9,906 crashes. Tragically, 84 people lost their lives, and 17 of those individuals were not wearing seatbelts.

Millions of Floridians and visitors will travel throughout Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday, leading to higher volumes of traffic on roadways. From November 23 to 27, all available FHP troopers, along with FHP reserve and auxiliary members, will be patrolling the roads to help ensure safe travel.

“The Florida Highway Patrol remains committed to enforcing traffic laws and ensuring traffic safety as motorists and their families travel this holiday season,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Whether you are traveling around the corner or across the state, it’s imperative to buckle all seatbelts every time to ensure you Arrive Alive to your destination.”

This Thanksgiving, motorists are also reminded to obey all speed limits and adjust speed accordingly as traffic congestion and weather conditions may require driving more slowly. Motorists should always keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving.

The public is encouraged to report impaired or aggressive drivers by dialing *FHP (*347).  Also, remember to check traffic conditions before leaving for a trip and allow sufficient time to arrive at your destination safely.  For real time traffic conditions and additional travel information, visit: www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/traffic. For more information and safety tips for holiday travel, visit: www.flhsmv.gov/holidaytravel.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.