How will you get HOME tonight?


Throughout the year, there are many reasons to celebrate. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, spring break, etc.  It’s party time!

Taking that celebration out? Think before you drink, how will you get home tonight? Having people over? Think before they drink, how will they get home tonight?

Think before they drink, how will they get home tonight?  Enjoy your New Year’s Eve, but be smart!  How will you get home tonight?



The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Anyone under the age of 21 in possession of alcohol can be cited for a second-degree misdemeanor, which can lead to costly court fees, fines and other lasting consequences. Selling alcohol to anyone under 21 or buying alcohol for anyone under 21 is also a misdemeanor.

Know the facts about alcohol consumption:

Myth: Coffee can sober up someone who has had too much to drink.

Fact: Only time sobers. It takes about one hour for your body to process each drink.

Myth: Hard liquor is more intoxicating than beer or wine.

Fact: A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol and the same intoxication potential as 1 1/2 oz. of liquor.

Myth: Someone who has had too much to drink will look intoxicated.

Fact: Someone’s physical appearance can be misleading. One drink can impair someone’s ability to drive. Judgment is the first thing affected when someone has been drinking and important motor skills are next.



Drive Sober


FHP has the following tips to help you make that celebration fun and safe.  Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.  Always Buckle Up. A seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature, but it only works if you use it.  Before drinking, designate a sober driver.  If you are a designated driver, do not drink. One drink is one too many.

If you’re impaired and did not designate a driver, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.  If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement or dial *FHP (*347). This call could save a life.

If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.  Remember, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle (in motion or stopped) by the driver and or the passenger(s) is a violation of Florida law.

What You Should Know When Sharing The Road With Cyclists


The number of cyclists on our roads, especially in large cities, has increased over the years. When you’re sharing the road with cyclists, it’s important for the safety of everyone to drive with extra caution. Here’s what every driver needs to know when sharing the road with cyclists:

 Drive Cautiously

  • Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
  • Don’t tailgate, especially in bad weather
  • Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
  • Look out for cyclists coming the wrong way

 Yield to Cyclists

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles
  • Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
  • Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections

Be Considerate

  • Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
  • Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
  • Look for cyclists when opening doors

 Pass with Care

  • When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist
  • Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
  • Check over your shoulder before moving back
  • Note: It is illegal to pass a cyclist to turn right immediately after

Watch for Children

  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
  • Expect the unexpected and slow down
  • Don’t expect children to know traffic laws
  • Because of their size children can be harder to see
  • Note: Children may be on the sidewalk or in the road. The legality of sidewalk riding is determined by municipalities but most towns permit children to ride on the sidewalk

Large Truck and Bus Safety


Understanding the safety challenges we all face during the holidays, along with some simple adjustments in driving behavior, can help everyone avoid dangerous situations and improve safety. You should always remember that large trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver than average passenger vehicles due to larger blind spots, greater weights and lengths, and longer stopping distances.

Large trucks and buses have massive blind spots on all four sides. If you can’t see the driver in his or her side mirror, that driver can’t see you or your vehicle. Be aware of and avoid driving in a commercial motor vehicle’s blind spots.

Parking Lot & Shopping Safety


As parking areas fill during the holiday season, shoppers are often forced to park far from shopping center exits, sometimes in poorly lighted areas. Now that there is less daylight, you’re likely to find yourself entering while the sun is up and leaving after dark, so make sure to follow these tips:

  • Park as close to entrances and exits as you possibly can. Always try to walk to and from your vehicle with another person. If you are shopping alone, consider walking near other shoppers in the parking lot.
  • If shopping alone and leaving at night — particularly if you’re carrying several bundles — ask a security officer to accompany you to your car. Most malls will provide that service.
  • If forced to the far reaches of a lot – or even beyond the lot – seek a spot that’s well-lit or near a well-traveled roadway.
  • Stow your purchases in the trunk, away from plain view to prevent theft. Save your most expensive purchases for last, so you can head straight home.
  • If you are going to be transporting a tree or other large cargo on your vehicle, make sure you have all the necessary equipment to tie it down properly and securely to your vehicle to prevent dangerous situations on the roadways. Any packages or other cargo inside your vehicle should not block the driver’s view from any angle.
  • Have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle. Before entering, check that no one is hiding in the back seat.
  • If you think you are being followed – Don’t drive home. You would only be telling your follower where you live. Stay Calm. As long as you think clearly, you’ll be in control of the situation.  Flash your lights and sound your horn long enough to attract attention to you, and consequently the person following you.  Drive to a safe location, like a law enforcement station. Do not leave this safe location until you’re sure your follower is gone.

Driving Drowsy Could Wreck The Holidays



This time of year there are lots of reasons to be tired. With fewer hours of daylight and the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is common to feel a yawn coming on at times when you are wide awake.

Estimates each year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show 100,000 crashes are reported by police as the direct result of driver fatigue. These crashes result in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

Don’t let yourself drive while being drowsy!  Get some good rest before driving or consider traveling with a partner to alternate driving.  If all else fails, call a ride sharing service.

Nice or Naughty? Belted or Not?


Which list are you on? By now you’ve heard the reasons why buckling up is not just a good idea, it likely would save your life in a crash. But there are always those few out there who simply refuse to listen to either the law or common sense.

We know it’s the holidays and everyone wants to be upbeat, but we’re going to be blunt about this. While there are several factors involved in the larger-than-usual loss of life, approximately 47 percent of the people who died might have been saved with one simple click of a seat belt.

Sure, there are crashes that are so severe that nothing could have helped, but luckily they are relatively rare. It’s the moderate-impact crashes where people were killed because they bounced around in the vehicle or were ejected that are so bothersome, because those deaths are easily preventable.

It comes down to you. Would it kill you to take three seconds to buckle up? It certainly might if you don’t.

Media Alert – Geotechnical Boring extended through December 22, 2017




Media Alert

December 19, 2017

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer


 Tampa, FL – Geotechnical Boring extended through December 22, 2017

The Southbound Selmon Expressway (SR618) Dale Mabry Highway exit ramp right shoulder closure has been extended through Friday December 22, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm to allow contractors to complete geotechnical boring in the area.  In addition, short intermittent lane closures may continue to occur along Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard through Friday, December 22 from 7 am to 6 pm to allow TECO to accurately locate utilities, again in preparation for the Selmon Extension.

A reminder that both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lanes between Westshore Boulevard and Bridge Street will be closed through Friday, December 22, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am.

There will also be an Eastbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lane closure during this same time frame just east of S Church Avenue and west of Dale Mabry Highway.  There may be intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard at the Bridge Street turn lanes at night.  Workers will be performing geotechnical work, installing barrier wall and installing temporary striping and signing.

Contractors will suspend work for the Selmon Extension Project beginning December 24, 2017 through January 2, 2018 in observance of the holidays.  There will be no impacts to the traveling public during this time.

Please watch out for sudden stops, merging traffic and work zone operations.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email


Increase Your Following Distance


Any time you travel, it’s important to increase your following distance between other cars. Ideally, you should have between two and four car lengths between you and the car in front of you, which will give you adequate time to stop if you need to. Abrupt stops are common in construction zones, so following any closer than two or three car lengths could easily result in you causing a rear-ending accident. Increase your following distance even more in slick or foggy conditions.

Be careful this holiday season even if you’re not in a construction zone.  Keep in mind the two and four car length rule at all times.


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