Preventing holiday traffic accidents goal in Southwest Florida

Increased patrol will be aimed at reducing car accidents and drunk driving crashes this Thanksgiving holiday as authorities seek to reduce serious injury and wrongful death on Florida highways.

“The Thanksgiving Holidays are typically a time of heavy traffic as people travel to spend time with their families so we urge everyone driving on our highways during the holiday period to drive carefully,” said Colonel John Czernis, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination safely, drive sober and buckle up on each and every trip. The holidays are a time for celebration, but we cannot forget safety behind the wheel.”

The patrol cites failure to drive carefully and wear safety belts, along with drunk drivers, as primary causes of accidents through the holiday.

“Since Thanksgiving always produces a high volume of traffic, the Florida Highway Patrol will increase its presence on Florida roadways during the upcoming five-day holiday period,” Czernis announced.

The patrol said it will use troopers normally assigned to administrative duties as well as auxiliary and reserve troopers to patrol high-volume roadways.

Motorists are encouraged to use cell phones safely and to call *FHP (*347) to report drunk or aggressive drivers. The number can also be used if they break down or need roadside assistance. Those with an emergency should call 911.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges anyone with a valid Florida driver’s license or identification card to go online to and enter their emergency contact information. The information can then be utilized to contact family members in case of emergency.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a traffic accident, there are certain things you can do to protect your rights. Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, has been fighting for the rights of the injured in Southwest Florida for four decades and offers free appointments to discuss your case at any of its offices in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Sebring, Venice, Arcadia and Port Charlotte.

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