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Holiday travelers and transportation accidents

The AAA predicts that the holiday season in 2016 will see more Americans traveling than ever before. An estimated 103 million people will travel, mostly by car, between December 23 and January 2. As a prime destination for tourists, Southern Florida will see more than its fair share of those holiday travelers.

Road trips mean more car accidents

Of the 103 million travelers, more than 93 million are expected to get to their holiday destinations by car. Many of these drivers will be behind the wheel for several hours. Some will be traveling to unfamiliar destinations. These conditions can easily lead to car accidents, as driver fatigue sets in on long trips and new roads mean new challenges that can lead to crashes

Crowds, frustration and aggressive driving

While drunk driving and distracted driving get more publicity, many car accidents are the result of aggressive driving tactics such as speeding and tailgating. Vacations are meant to be relaxing, but for the driver, road trips can be trying. Frustration and anger are not compatible with safe driving. Visitors are not the only driver susceptible to aggressive driving. A massive increase in tourists can try the patience of area residents, leading them to make poor decisions behind the wheel. There is nothing like a holiday traffic snarl to test the limits of generosity and goodwill.

Celebrate responsibly

Finally, the holiday season does come with an increased danger for intoxicated drivers. New Year's, in particular, is a holiday with strong ties to alcohol consumption. If you plan to celebrate with a drink, or a few drinks, you need to plan ahead to be sure that you aren't driving drunk. Nothing will ruin the holidays more that a fatal car wreck.

SourceAAA NewsRoom, "Holiday Travel to Reach the Highest Level on Record, According to AAA," by Julie Hall, December 2016 

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