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    Florida Highway Patrol Urges Thanksgiving Travelers to Exercise Caution on Florida’s Roadways

    Arrive Alive This Season: Shocking Thanksgiving Travel Statistics Reveal Alarming Truths About Impaired Driving

    November 17, 2023 📅

    Can you believe that Thanksgiving travel statistics show that over 28% of fatal crashes during this holiday had one or more impaired individuals involved? This shocking revelation should serve as a wake-up call for all Floridians and visitors hitting the road this week and next.

    The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has released these distressing numbers to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving habits during the holiday season. As families come together to celebrate, there is a significant increase in traffic on the roadways, resulting in an unfortunate surge in crashes, injuries, and, worst of all, fatalities.

    Visuals speak louder than words, and the image below perfectly captures the essence of these Thanksgiving travel statistics:

    ![Arrive alive this season, Happy Thanksgiving](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-1.jpg)

    (Source: [FLHSMV](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-1.jpg))

    With impaired driving playing a major role in these tragic incidents, the FHP aims to emphasize that impaired driving is dangerous driving that can have lethal consequences. It is not limited to alcohol impairment alone but also includes the influence of prescription medication, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics. The impairment affects crucial factors such as reaction time, concentration, and hand-eye coordination, all of which are vital for safe driving.

    To shed light on the severity of the situation, let’s dive into some staggering holiday travel statistics. Between 2019 and 2022, there were a whopping 87,375 crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Out of these crashes, 938 involved at least one impaired individual, whether due to drugs, alcohol, or both.

    However, the most alarming statistic comes from Thanksgiving week in 2022. During this time, over 28% of fatal crashes were attributed to impaired driving. This means that the likelihood of a fatality crash involving impaired driving was a staggering 36% higher compared to crashes without impairment.

    To further illustrate the severity of the situation, we have included two powerful visuals:

    1. Holiday Travel Increases Vehicles:
    ![Holiday travel increases vehicles, last year November 23rd had the highest crashes during Thanksgiving week.](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-2-300×225.jpg)

    2. Serious Injuries Are Up During Thanksgiving:
    ![Serious injuries are up during the days leading to and after Thanksgiving day.](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-3-300×155.jpg)

    (Source: [FLHSMV](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-2-300×225.jpg), [FLHSMV](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-3-300×155.jpg))

    It’s important to note that impaired driving doesn’t just affect the impaired individuals themselves but also endangers the lives of innocent motorists, pedestrians, and non-motorists. Therefore, FHP urges everyone to prioritize public safety by using alternative transportation methods, such as ride-share services, when impaired.

    Fatigue is another significant factor that impairs a driver’s abilities, often leading to similar delayed reactions, lack of concentration, and compromised hand-eye coordination. Driving while drowsy poses the same dangers as driving under the influence, emphasizing the critical need for drivers to ensure they are well-rested before embarking on their journeys.

    If you or your loved ones plan to participate in Thanksgiving activities, including shopping on “Black Friday,” it is crucial to prioritize pedestrian and non-motorist safety. Shockingly, statistics reveal that pedestrians and other non-motorists were more than 23 times more likely to die if involved in a car crash during the Thanksgiving holiday season, as compared to individuals inside a motor vehicle.

    To emphasize this point further, let us present another impactful visual:

    ![Serious injury in crashes involving pedestrians is also high during holiday season.](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-4-300×189.jpg)

    (Source: [FLHSMV](https://www.flhsmv.gov/wp-content/uploads/pr-111723-4-300×189.jpg))

    Remember, safety starts before hitting the road. Ensure your vehicle is travel-ready and in good condition, and never hesitate to pull over if you require assistance. It’s crucial to prioritize the safety of all individuals involved, including first responders, service vehicles, and utility vehicles.

    As the FHP wishes everyone a safe and joyful holiday, it is paramount to keep these crucial travel safety tips in mind. Visit the [Thanksgiving Safety](https://www.flhsmv.gov) section on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ website for additional guidance.

    In conclusion, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) tirelessly works towards ensuring highway safety and security through top-notch service, education, and enforcement. To learn more about their commendable efforts, please visit their [website](https://www.flhsmv.gov).

    Similarly, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) remains committed to their core values of courtesy, service, and protection. Their relentless dedication to ensuring the safety and welfare of millions of Florida’s residents and visitors each day is truly commendable. To know more about FHP and how you can become one of Florida’s Finest, visit [BeATrooper.com](https://www.flhsmv.gov).

    Let us all contribute to a safe, accident-free holiday season, starting with responsible and undistracted driving. Remember, your choices behind the wheel can make all the difference in protecting lives and making this Thanksgiving a truly joyful celebration for all. Stay safe, stay vigilant, and arrive alive!

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