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FHP offers Thanksgiving travelers safey tips

FHP offers Thanksgiving travelers safey tips
Posted at 5:33 AM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 00:56:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Highway Patrol is advising Thanksgiving holiday travelers about steps they can take to Arrive Alive.

The tips include:

  • Drive sober, and only sober. Alcohol impairs all of the important skills needed to drive safely, such as judgement, reaction, vision and concentration. Plan ahead and find a safe way home every time – designate a driver or call a ride service.
  • Check your tires. Tires are a vehicle’s first line of defense on the road. Check your tire pressure, tread depth and spare tire especially before long trips. Do not over load your vehicle, it can result in premature wear and tire blowouts.
  • Buckle up. A seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature. Florida law requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers and all passengers under the age of 18 wear seat belts or the appropriate child restraints. Seat belts save lives, so buckle up every trip, every time.
  • Register or update your Emergency Contact Information (ECI). ECI is a secure system allowing law enforcement, nationwide, to contact designated family or friends in response to an emergency situation.
  • Observe and obey all speed limits. Speed limits may change as you drive through different types of roadways, so make sure you adjust your speed accordingly. In Florida, the limit will never be over 70 mph.

Call *FHP (*347) to report intoxicated or aggressive drivers, or if your vehicle breaks down and you need assistance. To request immediate emergency services, dial 911.

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