FDOT encourages safe driving during the holiday season

Construction crews work alongside traffic in construction zones and have a right to go home safely at the end of the workday.

Construction crews work alongside traffic in construction zones and have a right to go home safely at the end of the workday.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) cares about our travelers each and every day and reminds those traveling to be particularly aware during increased holiday traffic.

FDOT prepared a video to remind the traveling public of ways to help make our travels safer. The video link is https://youtu.be/D2nH7TjFkl0.

Current construction projects in the Jacksonville area exceed $1 billion. Safe travels around Northeast Florida require motorists to be aware of their surroundings and drive with caution.   “Construction is a temporary inconvenience for a long-term gain,” stated FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold.

Construction around the Jacksonville area and areas for Road Ranger coverage if one is stranded on the Interstate system.

Construction around the Jacksonville area and areas for Road Ranger coverage if one is stranded on the Interstate system.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:

  • Road Rangers We have a team of Road Rangers patrolling our roads and helping you get back on your way.
  • Intelligent Transportation System The Intelligent Transportation System is in place to help keep you informed. You will know if there is anything ahead that may slow you down.
  • Regional Transportation Management Center The Regional Transportation Management Center is a cutting- edge facility that houses multiple agencies to get you help as quickly as possible.
  • 511 App and Website The 511 App and Website are available to get traffic info and check your planned route. Know before you go!
  • Rapid Incident Scene Clearance The Rapid Incident Scene Clearance program is in place to restore the flow of traffic as quickly as possible when 2 or more lanes are blocked.

What you can do:

  • Avoid distractions Distracted driving is anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or your mind off driving. Distracted driving crashes made up more than 12% of all crashes in Florida in 2015. More than 45,000 crashes occurred by distracted drivers in Florida in 2015, resulting in more than 200 fatalities and more than 39,000 injuries.
  • Follow the speed limit Not only is it the law, but our roadways our designed for safety at the posted speed.
  • Keep a safe distance For every 10 mph of speed, stay at least one vehicle length behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • Use caution in work zones Our construction crews are putting their lives in your hands. They want to go home like everyone else.
  • Always Buckle Up It’s the law and an estimated 55% of those killed in passenger vehicle crashes were not wearing safety belts.

FDOT partners with law enforcement to reinforce safety on our roadways. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has a Holiday Travel Campaign to remind motorists of the importance of taking extra care on Florida’s roadways this holiday season.

The public is encouraged to report aggressive or impaired drivers by dialing *FHP (*347) and check traffic conditions before departing for their trip. For more information, real time traffic conditions and additional travel information, visit: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/vacation-holiday-travel-tips/.

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