Florida Highway Patrol Sharing a Message this Holiday

PANAMA CITY- Triple-A says 94.5 million people will pack the roadways and runways during the holidays.

"I think everybody be a little bit heavier this time of year than usual," said Ernest Moss, Youngstown Resident.

The arrival of the holiday season means added patrols on local roads, area highways and interstates.

"There's a lot of people in a hurry and stuff," said Wayne Owen, Youngstown Resident. "People driving crazy, fast, and getting speeding tickets."

Law enforcement agencies don't want to ruin your holiday season, but want to make sure everyone gets to and from their destinations safely during Christmas and new year's.

State trooper Cara Condo-Varner has worked in the field for about 20 years.

She has several tips for travelers this holiday season.

"I highly recommend them slowing down. Look forward when you're driving. Don't just look straight in front of you. Just be more conscious," said Clara Condo-Varner, State Trooper.

In a continuing effort to make roads safer, FHP joined with agencies from across the nation and increased efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

The national drive sober or get pulled over campaign runs through January 1, 2014.

With several distractions on the roads, officials say to always pay attention and remember safety first. If you need help during your travels or see a hazardous driver call police.

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