Thanksgiving week is perennially the busiest week on Florida roadways.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol urge drivers to make sure their vehicle is ready for the trip, buckle up, and never drive impaired — including not driving while drowsy. Holiday travelers can also check roadway conditions and view live streaming traffic cameras on FL511.com, home of FDOT’s Florida 511 traveler information system.
“As we gather to celebrate the joys of the holiday season, let's carry the spirit of safety along with our festive cheer," FHP Lt. Tara Crescenzi said. "Remember, whether you're navigating the roads, securing your home, or enjoying time with loved ones, your safety and the welfare of others start with an individual commitment to responsible actions."
FDOT also provides roadside assistance to stranded motorists. Road Rangers are FDOT’s safety/service patrol who provide free, limited roadside assistance, including changing a tire or assisting with minor mechanical repairs. Road Rangers also protect motorists and crash scenes by alerting oncoming drivers of the incident. Motorists on I-4, I-75, I-95, and Central Florida’s toll roads can request a Road Ranger’s assistance by dialing *FHP (*347). While Road Rangers are available year-round, FDOT will have increased patrols during the busy holiday week.