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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Over 4,500 crashes reported during Thanksgiving travel period in 2021, according to FLHSMV

To help ensure the safety of all motorists this holiday season, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol have launched the Safe Holiday Travel campaign.

Millions of Floridians and visitors are expected to travel on Florida’s roadways over the next two months, which is the busiest long-distance travel period of the year. Throughout the holiday season, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) will be educating Floridians and visitors on all aspects of safe driving.

FLHSMV states that the multi-phased safety messaging will be staggered throughout the months of November and December, beginning with a focus on having a road-ready vehicle. Tires are a vehicle’s first line of defense on the road, so it is critical for motorists to check their tires before hitting the road.

In 2021, there were 2,811 tire-related crashes in Florida, resulting in 176 serious bodily injuries and 32 fatalities, according to FLHSMV.

“Florida continues to be a top holiday destination for visitors and residents, making our roads some of the busiest during the upcoming months,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “As you prepare to hit the road this Thanksgiving, or at any point this holiday season, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the trip, always buckle up, and remember that safety is always in season.”

During the five-day Thanksgiving travel period (Wednesday to Sunday) in 2021, there were 4,585 crashes on Florida roads. A majority of those crashes occurred on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, while the fewest crashes occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

2021 Thanksgiving Travel Crash Data

Day

Crash Events

Fatalities

Serious Injuries

Wednesday (11/24)

1,205

8

53

Thursday (11/25)

687

12

45

Friday (11/26)

935

7

63

Saturday (11/27)

962

13

57

Sunday (11/28)

796

9

37

Totals

4,585

49

255

Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

 

“Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force this holiday season to keep our roadways safe,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Please make good decisions and arrive alive this holiday season. Never drive impaired.”

FLHSMV and its partners are committed to the safety of everyone traveling on Florida’s roads and educating everyone on safe driving throughout the holiday season, as well as year-round.

“The holidays are a joyful time of year, and many Floridians and visitors will be traveling and celebrating the season with family and friends,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “We encourage everyone to be mindful of safety and to realize the holidays bring a surge of people and vehicles to Florida’s roadways. An increase in traffic means we need to have more patience while behind the wheel, buckle up, and watch our speed. Good driving behaviors help ensure we can all reach our destinations safely this holiday season.”

“The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year to travel,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis, President, Florida Sheriffs Association.“The Sheriffs of Florida and our teams are patrolling the roads to do our part to get you to your destination. In return, we ask that you prioritize safety by never driving impaired, wearing your seatbelt, and planning your route. Together, we can arrive alive and enjoy a happy and safe holiday season.”

“Impaired driving is never safe driving,” said Michele Harris, Florida Public Affairs Director for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Enjoy the holidays with loved ones and keep in mind that safety should be a top priority.”

For more information, including roadway safety tips and resources, visit the FLHSMV Safe Holiday Travel webpage.