December is one of the busiest travel times of the year, particularly in Florida, with the Florida Retail Federation predicting some 20 million tourists will visit the state at some point this month. Authorities anticipate a 4.2 percent increase in visitors from last year, which had the highest holiday tourism count since 2007.
Travel experts say falling gas prices and a rise in employment rates and disposable income are key factors contributing to the increase.
Historically, Thanksgiving weekend is noted as one of the most dangerous for those on the road. Thanksgiving weekend 2014 was the busiest in seven years, with some 2.3 million Floridians driving somewhere within the state. The vast majority of holiday travelers choose to get to their destination by motor vehicles, which means a higher-than-average number of crashes in the last part of the year.
Florida highway travelers should continue to operate with increased caution throughout December, as there will continue to be greater traffic volumes. Plus, December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving seizing the opportunity to warn of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
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