The Fourth of July holiday period, which runs from Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4, is one of the busiest travel times of the year on Florida roadways. With AAA predicting a record number of Floridians traveling for Independence Day this year, it’s imperative that all motorists remain alert and safe while driving.
“While we celebrate Independence Day this holiday weekend, keep safety in mind when driving,” said FDOT District Five Secretary John E. Tyler, P.E. “Following the recommended safety tips and road laws is essential, especially during busy travel times.”
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) urge drivers to make sure their vehicle is ready for the trip, buckle up, and not drive impaired — including not driving while drowsy.
“Exploring Florida can be a fun adventure and we want everyone to reach their destination safely,” said Lieutenant Tara Crescenzi of the FHP. “We urge everyone to stay calm, slow down, and adhere to the speed limit. Ensuring your vehicle is ready before embarking on your journey is also crucial and we also insist that drivers ensure everyone in the vehicle is properly secured with seatbelts. These are just a few tips to Arrive Alive this summer.”
Motorists can also check roadway conditions and view live streaming traffic cameras on FL511.com, home of FDOT’s Florida 511 traveler information system. FDOT also provides roadside assistance to stranded motorists. Road Rangers are FDOT’s safety/service patrol who provide free, limited roadside assistance, including changing a tire or assisting with minor mechanical repairs. Road Rangers also protect motorists and crash scenes by alerting oncoming drivers of the incident. Motorists on I-4, I-75, I-95 and Central Florida’s toll roads can request a Road Ranger’s assistance by calling *FHP (*347).
“Our goal is to see everyone arrive safely to their July 4th celebrations and back home again,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E., FDOT District Five’s Safety Administrator.. “Florida’s target is zero fatal and serious injury crashes on our state’s roadways. Every driver can do their part to hit that target by buckling up, obeying the speed limit, and never driving distracted.”
To learn more about Florida’s Road Rangers, visit fdot.tips/roadrangers.
ARTICLE AND PHOTO SOURCE: Florida Highway Patrol