According to an article published on, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is warning all motorist to eliminate distractions when driving and to buckle up.

According to statistics provided by AAA, Floridians are anticipated to travel less this Thanksgiving but it is still estimated that over 2.5 million Floridians will travel this Thanksgiving holiday. AAA believes that approximately 95 percent of holiday travelers will travel by motor vehicle.

Terry L. Rhodes, the Executive Director for Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, offers important safety tips- buckle up, don’t drive impaired, and don’t drive distracted. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles accident statistics, Thanksgiving last year involved 10,183 motor vehicle in Florida. Of those collisions, 98 people tragically lost their lives, and there were 392 people who were serious injured.

One of the best ways to reduce your chance of being involved in a motor vehicle is to avoid traveling during the peak times. AAA believes that travel will be easier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and high unemployment rates. AAA is predicting a minimum 10 percent drop in travel, which will be the single largest drop in traffic during the holiday since the Great Recession in 2008. In 2019, 55 million people in the United States traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, AAA is forecasting about 50 million Americans to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, the drop in travel is because of renewed quarantine restrictions, along with new travel health notices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the article, the following could be the best and worst times to drive in Florida during the Thanksgiving holiday. In major cities such as Tampa or Miami, the best time to travel before the Thanksgiving holiday is Wednesday at 4 a.m. and the worst time to drive is Wednesday at 4 p.m. In Miami, the best time to return home after Thanksgiving is Friday at 4 a.m., while the worse time is Friday at 3 p.m for Miami and Saturday at 4 p.m. for Tampa.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety also makes the following recommendations to keep you and those traveling with you safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

  1. Do not drive while intoxicated.
  2. Check your tires.
  3. Buckle up.
  4. Register or update your emergency contact Information.
  5. Obey all speed limits.
  6. Check traffic conditions.
  7. Eliminate distractions.
  8. Be aware.
  9. Report impaired or aggressive drivers by dialing *FHP (*347).

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