Florida Highway Patrol offers safety tips ahead of July 4 record trip

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Ahead of the July 4 holiday period, which runs from Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is urging drivers to Exercise caution when traveling on Florida roads for a safe and enjoyable weekend vacation. More than 2.6 million Floridians are expected to travel during the July 4 holiday period, and 89% of those travelers are expected to travel by automobile – the most record, dating back to 2001, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group.

“With a record number of trips expected over the upcoming holiday weekend, we urge motorists to drive with caution and obey all Florida traffic laws,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “The 4th of July holiday is a great time to get together with friends, family and loved ones to celebrate our nation’s independence, but please be safe, never drive impaired and arrive alive on this day of independence.”

As of July 2021, nearly 56,000 speeding tickets have been issued to drivers across Florida and more than 13,000 citations have been issued for reckless driving. FHP soldiers will have an increased presence on Florida roads throughout the holiday weekend and will conduct law enforcement operations targeting aggressive and impaired drivers.

“FHP urges all Floridians and visitors to slow down and never drive while impaired, especially this 4th of July holiday weekend,” said Col. Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Please make sure you have a plan if you do decide to drink and always have a designated driver. If you witness an aggressive or impaired driver, we encourage you to dial *FHP (*347) or 911. The life you save could be your own.

FHP offers the following driving safety tips for this year’s 4th of July weekend:

  • Do not drive while impaired. If you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, arrange for a designated driver or ride-sharing service to get you home safely. Never drive while impaired by drugs.
  • If you see an impaired or aggressive driver, call *FHP (*347) or 911.
  • Obey speed limits and be courteous on the freeway.
  • Buckle up. Your seat belt is your vehicle’s best safety feature.
  • ATVs and off-road vehicles should be driven on unpaved roads – never on the highway.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on the drive.
  • Rest well before driving. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving.

The Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety (FLHSMV) ensures traffic safety through excellence in service, education, and enforcement. Florida is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: issuing driver’s licenses, vehicle tags and titles, and operating the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about FLHSMV and the services offered, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMVfind us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.