As Thanksgiving approaches and families start their travel and other activities, it is important to remember to be safe and drive responsibly.
DeFuniak Springs Police will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers and making sure travelers are driving safely. Help them keep the roadways safe by doing your part: Observe traffic laws and don’t drink and drive.
This is the time of year that families are outside for various activities, including hunting, fishing, and putting up Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest times in the nation’s emergency rooms due to accidents around the home or work place. Please be sure to have someone with you during any outdoor activities. Don’t take chances with rickety ladders or unsafe ladder placement when hanging Christmas decorations.
Thanksgiving weekend officially kicks off the holiday season. Everyone wants to enjoy their holidays by being with family and friends. Don’t mar the holiday by being reckless and irresponsible and getting yourself — or others — hurt.
The Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. During the 5-day Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (to and from a -destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 54 percent, and during the Christmas/New Year’s Holiday period the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the average number for the remainder of the year. The National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) reveals that Thanksgiving Day is actually a heavier long-distance travel day.
The Defuniak Springs Police is committed to community service, and offers these tips to encourage you to stand with them in making DeFuniak Springs a better and safer place to live.
Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Criminal Investigations Division Commander