WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 10, 2018) –
The season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is recognized as one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving. Vision Zero West Palm Beach encourages you to enjoy the holidays, but please drive safely.
During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in December, the City’s Vision Zero safety team is spreading the word and sharing these tips to help promote safe driving:
- NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE: Never drive while impaired by alcohol or any substance. DUI violators with a level of .08 will be arrested, and motorists under age 21 will be arrested for lower levels. Just don't do it!
- VEHICLE PREPARATION: Have your vehicle checked prior to traveling. Most garages offer safety checks for tire treads, tire pressure, lights, brakes, cooling systems, and other components.
- BUCKLE UP: It is the driver's responsibility to make sure that all passengers are wearing safety belts. The law requires children to be restrained in approved child seats suitable for their size and weight. All children 40 inches in height or less must be buckled into a child safety restraint seat that meets federal standards. Children 40-50 inches and under age seven must be in a booster seat. Too many family holidays are marred by tragedy when a crash occurs and people are not properly restrained.
- ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS: Only use your cell phone with a hands-free device. Never text and drive. Map out your trip ahead of time so you do not need to program your GPS while traveling. Eating, drinking, doing your hair or make-up, shaving, reading and watching television are all dangerous! JUST DRIVE!
- DRIVER FATIGUE: Long journeys can be tiring, and driver fatigue is a serious problem contributing to many crashes. Get plenty of sleep before your trip, and try to drive at times of the day when you are normally awake. Take your time, and plan for rest stops every few hours. If possible, share the driving. If you must drive for an extended period, at least stop and wake up with some java along the way.
- DON’T SPEED: Excessive speed reduces your ability to avoid a crash, extends your vehicles’ stopping distance, and increases the severity of a crash when it occurs.
- AVOID AGGRESSIVE DRIVING: Always keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. If you find yourself being tailgated, don’t hit the brakes. Slow down gradually, and let the other vehicle pass you. Do not change lanes without signaling, violate traffic signals or weave in and out of traffic. Be patient. Trucks and towing vehicles have slower speed limits. If you are traveling behind a slower vehicle, wait for a passing lane or until you can see clear road ahead of you and enough space to overtake safely.
- EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: Watch the traffic around you, and be prepared to react. Scan the road ahead for potential hazards and road debris.
Mayor Jeri Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach seek to eliminate preventable injuries and fatalities on our roads through the Vision Zero initiative. Adopted unanimously by the City Commission in August, Vision Zero seeks to achieve the vision of zero fatalities on our streets through education, engineering, and enforcement.
Be careful on the road! For more information about Vision Zero, please visit: http://wpb.org/About/Mayor-s-Office/Vision-Zero/Vision-Zero-Overview