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State Police Increase Patrols for Thanksgiving Holiday

State police are advising motorists not to act like turkeys but to drive responsibly during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

As motorists hit the highways for the Thanksgiving holiday, they should expect to see more traffic then usual as Floridians make day trips and tourists visit for the long weekend.

Because Thanksgiving typically produces a high volume of traffic, the Florida Highway Patrol will increase its presence Wednesday through Sunday.  

All state troopers will patrol Florida’s high-volume roads, including across the Tampa Bay area, during the five-day period.  

Troopers will direct enforcement efforts toward impaired drivers, speeding, motorists who follow too closely and other aggressive driving behaviors.

In addition, troopers will conduct strict enforcement of safety belt and child restraint laws. 

The Florida Highway Patrol offers these tips to help people to travel safely:

1.) Let's state the obvious first: Don't speed, buckle up, drive responsibly.

2.) What's the rush? There's no need to rush, tail and cut off cars, and drive aggressively to reach the family get-together. The turkey and Grandma can wait.

3.) Skip that extra cup of eggnog or the second chocolate martini before driving home.

4.) Do you really need to text, talk on the phone, eat and adjust the stereo while you drive? Pay attention to the road.

5.) Give your vehicle the once over before you set out. Fill up the gas tank, check the oil, add washer to clean your windshield, and check tire pressure.

Call *FHP (*347) to report intoxicated or aggressive drivers, or if your vehicle breaks down and you need assistance. To request immediate emergency services, dial 911.

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