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Heavy traffic increases risk of Fort Lauderdale car accidents through Thanksgiving holiday

Heavy traffic through the holiday weekend has the Florida Highway Patrol promising increased enforcement in an effort to reduce the risk of serious and fatal Fort Lauderdale car accidents and traffic accidents elsewhere in South Florida.

“The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to making Florida’s highways safe, and we plan to do that by bolstering our forces to reduce the number and severity of crashes,” said FHP Director, Colonel John Czernis. “During this hectic time, it is easy to lose your temper while driving as evidenced by recent incidents of road rage. Our troopers are prepared to take immediate action to stop others from placing innocent lives at risk, whether the weapon is a gun or a vehicle.”

The Miami Herald reports roads will be foggy in some areas and all available troopers — including administrative staff, Reserve and Auxiliary units, and volunteers — will be on the roads.

Violators targeted for enforcement will include impaired drivers, speeders, aggressive drivers and drivers who are not using seat belts or appropriate child-restraint devices.

“The last thing we want to do is knock on a somebody’s door and tell them someone’s not coming home,” FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes told the Sun-Sentinel. “We’ve seen our fatalities decline over the last couple of Thanksgivings and we want to see the same this year.”

Thirty-six motorists were killed in Florida accidents over last year’s Thanksgiving Holiday, making Florida one of the deadliest states in the nation. This year, AAA is calling for an 11 percent increase in traffic, with more than 42 million motorists traveling at least 50 miles from home.

Our Fort Lauderdale Injury Lawyers urge motorists to practice safe driving habits so that everyone may safely enjoy the holiday weekend.

Safe Florida Driving Tips Include:

-Get plenty of rest and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

-Obey speed limits

-Don’t Drink and Drive

-Don’t drive aggressively, including tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and not using signals

-Wear your seat belt

-Eliminate distractions

-Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced, including tires that are properly inflated and in good condition

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.

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