Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this Christmas?
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office offers some simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.
Check behind vehicles before moving
Maintain a safe distance between vehicles
Make sure your vehicle is in good working order
Reduce speed, especially during inclement weather
If you drink, don’t drive
Always use safety belts and child safety seats
Plan your trip – Give yourself plenty of time and schedule rest stops and activities for small children
Leave an itinerary with a friend so that someone will know where you are
Keep your cell phone charged
Don’t overload your vehicle or obstruct your view with luggage and/or packages
Avoid eating heavy meals right before driving, as this can lead to sleepiness
Get a good night’s sleep before traveling
Wearing of headsets/ear buds while driving – Florida Statute 316.304
No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, OTHER THAN a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.
This section does NOT apply to:
-Any person operating a motorcycle who is using a headset that is installed in a helmet and worn so as to prevent the speakers from making direct contact with the user’s ears so that the user can hear surrounding sounds.
-Any person using a headset in conjunction with a cellular telephone that only provides sound through ONE ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear.
A violation of this section is a Non-Moving Violation and carries a $114.00 fine.