Despite gas prices being an estimated 22 cents higher this year, a record number of drivers are expected to hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend. AAA estimates that 36.1 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend, a 1.5% increase from the previous year. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend has been labeled as the “100 Deadliest Days on the Road,” with seven of the 10 most deadly driving days of the year occurring within this time frame.
There are 13% more traffic deaths over Memorial Day compared to a typical non-holiday weekend, making this weekend the second most dangerous holiday weekend, after the Fourth of July. For teen drivers, one of the biggest contributing factors in fatal car accidents involves the number of passengers in the vehicle. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, fatal crash rates for 16- to 19-year-olds increase five-fold when two or more teen passengers are in the vehicle, compared to driving alone.
The five-day Memorial Day travel period officially begins on Thursday, May 22 and extends to May 26. The most congested times for travel are expected to be Friday afternoon and the evening before Memorial Day. Traffic is expected to increase earlier in the day than usual and on Monday evening as travelers head back home.
Florida along with dozens of other states will be participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which kicked off May 19 and extends through June 1, with the emphasis on reminding drivers to buckle up. Officers will also be on the lookout for other violations, including distracted or impaired driving. In popular travel destinations, such as Miami Beach, officers will be using DUI checkpoints and automated license plate readers to target lawbreakers.
The chances of getting ticketed this weekend are higher than usual and should serve as a reminder to follow the rules of the road and act safely while behind the wheel, not just this weekend but year around. Holiday trips are about relaxing and taking time out of our busy schedules to spend time with the ones we love. Take your time getting to your destination and be prepared for traffic delays this Memorial Day weekend.
- HIGHER GAS PRICES WON’T STOP RECORD MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL, AAA SAYS – From Tribune.com
- This Is Going to Be the Worst Road Trip Weekend Ever – From Time.com
Stay Safe On The Roads This Memorial Day Weekend
During the summer months, Central Florida is a vacation hotspot for thousands of tourists, increasing the likelihood of accidents on the road. Car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents often occur during this time as a result of drivers’ unfamiliarity with Florida roadways, traffic patterns and unsafe driving behaviors. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to stay safe on the roads this summer. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.