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Stay safe this season: more drivers on the road often means more accidents

Posted at 10:15 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 22:48:10-05

It’s the time of year when we see more drivers on the road, and that often means more accidents.

Most recently, we’ve seen an influx of car crashes on state road eighty-two, Hancock Bridge Parkway and I-75.

Fox 4 spoke with the Florida Department of Transportation to help find ways to stay safe all season long.

“This time of year as we get to the Thanksgiving holiday and then Christmas and New Year we obviously see a big influx in our seasonal residents and visitors that come down. Traffic is considerably heavier this time of year. Certainly, there are more drivers on the road so there’s more likely to be accidents,” said Zac Burch.

FDOT’s district communications manager emphasizes that many accidents are easily preventable.

“One of the things you can do about that is to allow yourself a little extra time,” says Burch.

With so much growth and development in the area, it’s important to stay vigilant.

“Be extra careful if you're driving in a construction zone because those workers are very vulnerable,” said Burch.

Texting and driving is a major distraction on the road, accounting for far too many accidents.

“It is illegal in Florida as of this year, if you're in a school or work zone it is illegal to have your phone in your hand at all,” says Zac Burch.

Whenever you consume alcohol understand that getting behind the wheel could be putting your life or that others in jeopardy.

“Make sure that you have a designated driver, take a taxi, uber, bus. Even if you don’t think your drunk, make sure you stay off the road,” says Burch.

As always, we want you to stay as safe as possible keeping you up to date with the latest safety precautions.