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Florida New Year’s Eve Travel Safety Tips

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The end of 2017 brings about an assortment of parties and family friendly events in the Fort Pierce area, all of which will be competing to lure New Year’s Eve revelers. Regardless of where you go to celebrate, the state of Florida urges you to make safety a part of your holiday plans.

Over the new year there is typically a spike in car accidents and injuries, many of which can be attributed to overindulging. Taking  extra precautions can help to ensure you and your loved ones start the new year on a healthy note.

New Year’s Eve Drunk Driving Accidents

According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for drunk driving accidents and injuries. An estimated 400 fatal crashes and collisions occur between the midnight and early morning hours, while thousands of others result in serious injuries.

Along with posing dangers to other motorists, drunk drivers put pedestrians at risk. The IIHS states that more people die in pedestrian accidents on December 31st than they do at any other time of the year. In nearly 60 percent of these cases, alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Florida Holiday Travel Tips

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) will be on the road this New Year’s Eve, writing tickets and conducting DUI traffic checkpoints in an effort to apprehend drunk drivers. They recommend the following tips to help protect yourself and those you love:

  • Plan ahead. If you intend to have even a few drinks to celebrate the new year, have a designated sober driver, take public transportation, or use a cab or Uber to get home. Do not wait until the last minute to make these arrangements, as this is one of the busiest nights of the year for taxi and ridesharing services.
  • Wear your seat belt. With the increased risk for car accidents and injuries, make sure you and your passengers wear seat belts. This should be something you do automatically, not just on New Year’s, but every time you get in your vehicle.
  • Notify authorities if you see a drunk driver. Call *FHP (*347) with the vehicle license plate number, the make and color, your location, and the direction in which they were traveling.
  • Use caution when walking. Wear bright colors when walking at night and carry a flashlight to increase visibility. If you have been drinking, take a cab or have a friend take you home. Walking under the influence of alcohol leaves you vulnerable and increases your injury risks.

At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy 2018. In the event accidental injuries impact you or something you love, our experienced Fort Pierce personal injury attorney is here to help. Call or contact our office online to request a free consultation. We provide the professional legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.

Resources:

iihs.org/frontend/iihs/documents/masterfiledocs.ashx?id=2139

flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/holidaytravel/christmas-new-years-holiday-safety/

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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